Reliable Fish and Chips
Reliable Fish and Chips is closing. Not so reliable any more, eh? Haha, I sob into my fish and chips, salt and vinegar and tears and unfunny jokes making the whole situation even sadder.
We used to go here all the time when we lived at Carlaw, when the shop was there. Reliable was just a few minutes south, on Queen, across from the Shoppers Drug Mart. Jon would ask if he could order some more tartar sauce packets because his wife is the plague of his life, constantly badgering him to ask for special accommodations, and the owner, at the counter, would grumble and roll his eyes say you don’t need to pay because you’re a regular but normally we don’t give these out for free, and Jon would say I’m really sorry and duck out of there. This is what we need in our lives, fish and chip mongers from whom you beg free tartar sauce. Liz, I can’t show my face in there anymore, he doesn’t want to give me anymore tartar sauce.
When Jon went for one last hurrah, the woman at the counter still remembered Jon’s name. Here we are for one last hurrah, although it’s not quite the same when you have to drive there. Nothing is ever the same, the existentialist laments. Although, appropriately, when we went, Naomi was still in her preschool, which was still open during the in-person school closure, and so it was just us and Caleb, the original gang of Chan’s eating fish and chips.
Why am I writing about this, who knows, who cares. By the time anyone reads this blog post this fish and chips place will have been long gone, replaced likely by a cannabis shop.
I am but a baby myself, a spring flower only having recently bloomed, how is it possible that not only do I have babies, but that these markers of time, these places I used to go to in neighbourhoods I used to live in, are now passing me by. How could I possibly be turning into those crusty old farts who talk about the good old days when we used to go to Reliable Fish and Chips for lunch.
In any case, this old fish and chips place has closed. Toronto continues to change with the seasons, and we all try our best to keep up.