You just know that the first turtle on the stump went as high as he needed to go to reach the sun. The rest began their climb out of the water and discovered that their options were severely limited. I could hear the 4th one cursing the selfish bastard in front and complaining that his tail was still in the water. Someday I might witness a physical altercation (Can turtles be said to participate in a donnybrook?).
By and large the residents of this Island are of the “live and let live” variety. They tolerate some things that many communities I’ve lived in wouldn’t.
Between the selfish turtles and the sun glistening off of the ruins at Jackson’s Breakwater I realized that there isn’t a lot of difference in the way many day-to-day issues are dealt with. Accepting them as just part of reality seems to be the chosen solution.
I don’t always agree.
One example would be the way the Island is treated by outside entities. I suspect some of the possible apathy is a result of years of banging heads against brick walls. For example, the salmon farms around here have a significant impact on the ability to catch inshore fish. Recently the number of nets in the water, on the beaches, accompanied by circular constructs and other trash, reached a level even I could appreciate. Somebody finally made some phone calls, mumbled the words Department of Transport, and suddenly there’s some actual cleanup happening. This won’t last. 🙂
There are times that bringing something to the notice of the Powers That Be has an unforeseen negative effect. One of the things that became readily apparent when I moved here was the outrageous number of people with cancer.
I went online and found a cancer cluster map of New Brunswick expecting to see a big dot on our little rock. What I found instead was that there was no data reported from this Island or the ones on either side of us. Nothing. It was like we don’t exist.
I mentioned this to somebody in a position to pass the message on to those who could do something about it. The result was that the cluster map was removed. Not what I had expected, to be frank, so I’ll have to come up with a different approach.
CBC Atlantic did a big article about how wonderful the lobster fishery is – renewable, sustainable, and lucrative. It was obvious that the person didn’t consider the impact of climate change and he didn’t talk to any actual fishermen. This was brought up by somebody on the east coast of the mainland. I reminded this person that the guys in the Bay of Fundy might also have something to say. 🙂
People here are, by and large, heads down/nose to the proverbial grindstone types. They don’t want to waste time fighting what they see as lost causes. It wastes energy and doesn’t put food on the table or a new boat in the water.
Me? I grew up in a different culture, but I do try to limit my expressions of outrage and indignation. That doesn’t mean I don’t have conversations with myself – or the frogs which refuse to sit on the lily pads. Damn divas. 🙂