Old Codgers Of The Week (14)

For three days a week between May and November Virginia Oliver joins her son, Max, on his boat to help him to trap and catch lobsters off the coast of Maine. While Max hauls the traps from the water, Virginia measures the catch, keeping the large lobsters and releasing those that do not meet the grade.

It is remarkable enough that Max is 78 but his mother is now 101 years old and has been lobstering on and off since she was knee high to a crustacean over ninety years ago. It is not without its dangers. Recently she cut herself so badly that she needed stitches. Undaunted, however, she is resisting all attempts to get her to retire, claiming that she will carry on until she dies. Asked why she is still lobstering, she responded “Because I want to”.

There is no answer to that, and I hope she continues for many more seasons.

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