Posted 04 June 2017 - 08:02 AM
The memories sure are a big part of it for many of us, including myself. Some fishes retell adventures when you see them. Others are almost like comfort food, soothing and reassuring and nostalgic. (And of course, some might be actual FOOD, too!) Some remind you of friendships; I have yet to me a Nocomis that doesn't make me think of Mike Wolfe! Or a Speckled Madtom that doesn't make me recall with equal parts shame, guilt, and amusement Mr. Beaman and I being asked for a directions by a lost old lady who saw us streamside. We consulted the DeLorme, and authoritatively (but of course, accidentally) sent her so nowhere near where she wanted to go she's probably still lost. A whole host of other fishes bring forth memories.
So yes, Don, it is kinda sad. But at the risk of being a weenie, I think maybe "bittersweet" is more appropriate. I hope a new sentimental arrives in due time to fill its spot in your tank, mind, and heart.
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."