October 30, 2006

Deep Fried Salmon

Today in the car my 2nd son said to me, "Mom, do you know what a staple of the people who live along the Mississippi River is?”

Me: Mmm, no. What?

Mr. T: Salmon

Me: *blink*

Me: Salmon? Where in the heck did you hear that?

Mr. T: Science.

Me: Son, they don’t eat Salmon off the Mississippi. Are you sure? Maybe you mean Catfish.

And he kept insisting and he said it with such conviction I suddenly doubted myself, even though I KNOW Salmon is one of those cold water fish.

So I grabbed my cell phone and said, “Guess who I’m going to call and ask?”

Mr. T said, “Big?”

And he was right. ‘Big’ is the nickname they use for their Grandfather, who is really Big Daddy. Even funnier is ‘Big’ is 5’6” and weighs 150 lbs. But he is big in their minds and he seems to know all the answers, which was evidently how we felt as kids or we'd not have let the nickname The Great Omnipotent One stick.

So ‘Big’ picks up and I said, “Your grandson has informed me that Salmon is a staple of the people who live upon the Mississippi River?”

Big: He’s wrong.

Me: I thought so.

Big: There has never been a Salmon that has lived in the Mississippi River.

Me: I told him that.

Now in the background I am hearing, “Mom! It says it in my book! The Native Americans just stood on the banks of the Mississippi and there were so many fish jumping out of the water, they could just use hooks to catch them!”

Big: He is confusing the Mississippi with some other river in the North West, Oregon, Washington... perhaps. I’m trying to think of rivers up there…

Me: Or confusing fish.

Big: Do you think he means Catfish?

Me: I asked. He is INSISTING it is Salmon.

Mr. T has been tasked to bring this book home so he and I can sit down and actually read which fish and which river these Native Americans stood upon catching… in great abundance.

I know Mississippi and if Salmon were plentiful there like Mr. T says, Deep Fried Salmon would be a Southern delicacy… with a side of hushpuppies, and since it is not, it is through the logic and reasoning I deduce that he has the wrong fish in the wrong river.

‘Twill be interesting to hear the right answer…

** UPDATE: As I kissed him goodnight this evening I said, "Son, remember, tomorrow in school, look in that book. Let's see what fish was in what river."

He said, 'I'll bring the book home..."

As I left the room I heard a little voice say, "It might be trout."

I walked back in and said, "What did you say?!"

He gave out a little laugh and said, "It might be trout..."

Bing! Bing! Bing! I do believe we may have a winner!!!

Posted by Boudicca at October 30, 2006 08:14 PM | TrackBack

Trout are usually found in cold, clear water. The muddy Mississip' is neither, so I doubt it's trout. I am curious about what the book says, though.

Posted by: Dash at October 30, 2006 09:44 PM

true enough. They like clear water with lots of plants growing, like in lakes or smaller rivers.

But give the boy SOME credit. Salmon do jump out of the water.

Posted by: caltechgirl at October 30, 2006 09:53 PM

It will be interesting. Keep in mind, Dash, this would have been from a long long time ago. We'll see. I just no damn sure its not salmon!

Posted by: Bou at October 30, 2006 09:55 PM

I'm thinking he has the wrong river... just a suspicion mind you... I lived in St. Louis for years - tell him he can trust me when I say that Salmon have never lived in the big muddy. *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at October 30, 2006 11:28 PM

The only trout in the Mississippi would be brown spotted trout, the type that gets flushed down toilets. Like Teresa, I lived in St. louis for years (over 30 years) and no trout came from that river.

Posted by: Denny at October 30, 2006 11:58 PM


I never knew you had such a St Louis following...

St Charles County in the House...LOL

5 years, love that town!!!


Posted by: P'cola Titan at October 31, 2006 12:22 AM

... wait... there are fish in the Mississippi?..... I tend to agree with Denny on this one....

Posted by: Eric at October 31, 2006 07:13 AM

Well trout and salmon are from the same family. It is probably the columbia or snake river he is thinking of.

Posted by: oddybobo at October 31, 2006 09:35 AM

True dat Oddy... they're both from the fish family...

Are you sure it wasn't squid from the Mississippi?

I hear they're killer good to eat.

Posted by: RedNeck at October 31, 2006 10:00 AM

On second thought... maybe it was Crawfish.

Posted by: RedNeck at October 31, 2006 10:02 AM

Bou... Check this out: http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/fishfly.asp

Maybe they were carp? ;)

Posted by: RedNeck at October 31, 2006 10:13 AM

I have a feel'n Mr.T. is referring to the Chinook Salmon in the Missouri River. Kids often confuse those Miss sounding states. They hear the 'Miss' and think of the closest thing they know; hence Mississippi.

Posted by: mom at October 31, 2006 10:56 AM

Hold on -- the Mississippi is a river? I thought it was a big pile of slow-moving mud.

Posted by: Ogre at October 31, 2006 11:16 AM

Well, Bou...we're waiting.

BTW, I'm dressed as a short, white, bald guy for Halloween. Later on, I may be a short, white, bald guy drinking Bass Ale. We'll see how I feel.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at October 31, 2006 09:39 PM