Are you familiar with the term : ‘Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched ‘?
It means don’t make plans when something hasn’t happened yet.
Last year there was a frenzy of excitement in a neighbouring outport when the business operators ‘Bradley Brothers’ held a media conference in town ! They said that they were turning the former run-down shrimp processing plant into a marijuana growing operation ! Yes, marijuana growth, use and sales are legal in Canada !
In typical outport fashion, the residents made immediate plans. Dozens of high-paying jobs were anticipated to be shortly available at the plant.
People told their relatives, working in western Canada, that work would soon be available locally, and they could come home to their families.
As some outdoor work started on the old shrimp plant, the local credit union received applications from people applying for loans for trucks to drive to their new jobs.
When the huge letters ‘Bradley Brothers’ appeared on the run-down shrimp plant, it seemed like the deal was done.
Alas, the new business failed to materialize, the Bradley Brothers disappeared, and the loan applications were cancelled. No explanation was given, and rural Newfoundlanders did not ask any questions.
The long term studies of how ‘weed ‘affects the brain have not yet been completed.
The large sign : BRADLEY BROTHERS was never removed.
Pictured is a marijuana plant, artistically photographed, courtesy of Unsplash.