“Young Woman in a Boat” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1870, oil on canvas. Also known as Lise Trehot. Artist was 29 years old when this was painted. Image is in the public domain. Original is in a private collection.
FISHY TALE—This modern day fable has been making the rounds on the Internet, but since I watchdog such writing here’s another view in case you missed it.
“...One morning, the husband returns the boat to their lakeside cottage after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap.
Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, puts her feet up, and begins to read her book. The peace and solitude are magnificent.
Along comes a Fish and Game Warden in his boat.
He pulls up alongside the woman and says, 'Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?'
'Reading a book,' she replies, (thinking, 'Isn't that obvious?').
'You're in a Restricted Fishing Area,' he informs her.
'I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading.'
'Yes, but I see you have all the equipment in your boat. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to write you up.'
'If you do that, I'll have to charge you with sexual assault,' says the woman.
'But I haven't even touched you,' says the Game Warden.
'That's true, but you have all the equipment.
For all I know you could start at any moment.'
'Have a nice day ma'am,' and he left.
Never argue with a woman who reads.
It's likely she can also think.
Thanks, Allison K.