July 26, 1936 - North Battleford, Canada
April 20, 2014 - Windsor, Canada
Like much of his work “The Lost Salt Gift of Blood” is set in the rugged Cape Breton area of Novia Scotia
Living is not easy for those in Cape Breton. Many of the men fish for a living. Large families are the norm. There are some tourists who come from brief visits to experience the natural Beauty. The story opens with an elegant tribute to this.
The narrator, we never learn his name or his tie the area but he clearly once lived there. Like many people, he has moved to a big city, wanting a better life. He now lives somewhere in America’s midwest. He drove a rented Volkswagon 2500 miles to visit Cape Breton. He seems to have no close Family left there.
When we meet him he is watching some boys fishing on the coast. I imagined he might be thinking of his own days as a boy, fishing to Help his family.
One of the boys, John, lives with an older couple. The narrator is invited to their home. He knows them from before.
He learns their four daughters have all married and moved away. Only the boy lives with them now. One of their daughters and her husband were killed in a car crash. The Boy who he saw fishing lives with them.
There is a deep sadness in this story. The man knows he has lost all real connections with the area.