My 12 year old, Finn, is not only quite the fisherman, but he also loves to cook what he catches. This time of year he’s not fishing …or catching… much, so he asked if we could buy some fish for him to cook last night. I was in a bit of a rush to meet a friend to head to the Bruins game so I asked Finn to call Turner’s Seafood Market to both see what time they closed and to see what types of fish they had available….to get his master chef wheels turning. I realize he’s 12 and not 5, but still…..listening to the mature conversation he had on the phone with whomever answered the other end was pretty awesome. He hung up and was totally giddy about how many choices he had. “They have so much fish! I can’t decide…I’ve narrowed it down to 3…maybe 4….well, 5. I don’t know! Maybe the local haddock, or they have haddock from Iceland, or the salmon would be awesome. Maybe the yellow fin….or the swordfish. I don’t know.” Shortly thereafter we arrived and he ran in. He was browsing the display when the gentleman said, “Can I help you?” to me. I told him, “Not me. I’m going to the Bruins game. This guy is in charge of dinner tonight. It’s totally up to him.” The conversation that ensued was perfection. They discussed fish, the couple of people in line behind Finn got a little involved, the Turner’s employee asked if dinner would just be for Finn….or if he was having company…. Finn answered that his grandmother was coming over, he might bring some to his grandfather tomorrow….but that his brother probably wouldn’t eat much after high school hockey tryouts. I let Finn choose two types of fish and he settled on the local haddock (with some extra for his lunchbox today) and a substantial piece of salmon. I paid (we’ll work on that once he gets a job), he thanked the guy, said goodbye to the other patrons, and we headed home.
I’ve been told dinner was delicious. I’m looking forward to it later tonight. Much thanks to Turner’s Seafood for helping Finn, treating him like the little adult he wanted to be in that moment, and for the delicious fish. Good stuff. Growing up salty.