Pick Up a Rod & Reel...It’s Go Fishing Day...
No, I haven’t gone totally daffy (yet.) Larry and I have been talking about children and how buried their heads are in their devices. And the discussion turned to fishing and how we wish more children had the opportunity to learn to fish.
I love to fish. Not crazy about removing the fish from the hook but that’s why I have Larry around, as well as gloves and a hook remover. With the exception of certain fish, we are "catch & release" fisherpeople.
We tried once to take our grandsons fishing once and true to form, their interest lasted about 10 minutes. We will try again, though, because of what fishing can teach young people...actually all of us.
So what can fishing teach us?
This is the number one thing that fishing can teach us, and goodness knows we could all use more of this. But especially for our children where they have grown up in a world of Gotta have it now and I want it now.
No matter how good you think the conditions are to catch a fish, they may not be interested. You can have the right bait/lure, for the right condition, and be in the right location and still not even have a nibble.
But what you don’t do is pull up anchor and move on after only one cast. You must be patient and consistent.
(Does this sound like anyone we know… Barbara Todaro ...master market-like-you-mean it agent?!)
BEING IN THE NOW
When you’re fishing, the best way to catch them is to experience their habitat. See the trees, look into the water, notice stumps where bass may be. If you’re out in the ocean, look for signs of birds, a weed-line, or flying fish. Even changes in watercolor can tell you something. Of course, the boat 50 feet from you reeling something in could also be a tell-tale clue.
(Haven’t we all learned about Being in the present from Ron and Alexandra Seigel
There are all sorts of activities and experiences that can help teach us and our children about life and how to exist in it. If you can, consider fishing.
After a day's fishing, I'll know the solution to something or have good ideas that were not accessible before. Angus Deaton