We are beginning to sell oysters again, after being shut down by Covid since March 2020. Here are some guidelines I have developed over the years to help make a dirty tough job–mostly a joy.
Always be clear about who is doing the heavy lifting.
Understand that there is no bad weather,
only poor wardrobe choices.
Have boots for every possible combination of
number, weight and layering of socks.
Guideline 3 (possibly the most important)
Always know where your suspenders are.
The only latrine out there for a lady oyster farmer
is a bucket, and if your suspenders end up
inside instead of outside,
you will still have to put your bib overalls
Get over any notion of staying clean or dry.
All that matters is warm, which usually means
4 tops, 2 pants, 3 pairs of socks,
insulated gloves and boot liners
before you get to the outer wear.
Emphasize coffee and chocolate.
Soup, peanut butter and fruit are good in a hot lunch,
but know your priorities.
Also get over any resistance to housecleaning.
Everything wants a home,
and deserves at least a mostly clean one.
Extend the notion of “heavy lifting” as necessary.
Struggling to unwind a rope from a propeller qualifies.
There are actually many worse ways
to spend a day.
Although sometimes I must admit I dream of building a drum or doing a Journey Oracle reading while sitting near the woodstove–a cup of coffee and a few chocolate balls nearby. As I said, I know my priorities.