If you need a pick-me-up, you’ve got to watch the now-viral video of 101-year-old Virginia “Ginny” Oliver hauling traps, measuring carapaces, yeeting undersized lobsters, all the while regaling life’s hardships with a smile. She’s seen it all from the stern of her husband’s lobster boat (now operated by her 78-year-old son, Max).

Below is the original video from Portland’s News Center Maine. Some clips have been circulating, but the full video, at just over 6 minutes, is well worth watching.

When Ginny started fishing at age 8 with her father, she said she didn’t know any other girls who were lobstering. And now the Lobster Lady is the oldest lobsterman in Maine (or possibly the world?).

This week, I’ll celebrate by enjoying a lobster roll. I typically eat them similar to the way Ginny likes — grilled bun, a little mayo and nothing else. I make sure my lobster is warm, and I prefer warm butter to mayo. 

A roe-topped lobster roll on grandma’s dishes at camp.

In collaboration with National Lobster Week and National Lobster Day (Saturday, Sept. 25), the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative is promoting Maine Lobster Butter.

“When you think Maine Lobster you think butter, and that inspired us to create the ultimate mash-up with our first-ever Maine Lobster Butter,” said Christina Ferranti-Clift, director of Marketing and Product Development, East Coast Seafood Group and “Just in time for National Lobster Day, the sweet flavor of real Maine Lobster goes perfectly with creamy, salty butter — a delicious addition to just about anything.”

It may be gilding the lily to put lobster butter on a lobster roll, but hey it’s 2021. Who even has rules anymore?

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Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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