Hello Shrades. I didn't get to wet a line today, but I did find a man in Wally World who had his son with him. He looked a little lost and uncomfortable. He made eye contact with me and saw my NCangler hat. Then he walked up to me and just ask if I could help him. Turned out he wanted to take his little boy fishing, but knew nothing about it. He had already picked out a rig for his son. It was some closed face reel, kinda like a zebco and a rod to go with it. I guess it was a combo package deal. After asking him a few questions and telling him that I could appreciate any man who would take a kid fishing, I had an idea. I realize that God has blessed me with so much in my life and along with the Tackle Monkey, fishing equipment in my shed is overflowing. Since everything we have belongs to God, and we are all ministers in his service, I asked him to meet me in Rocky Mount tomorrow afternoon before their fishing excursion. I got home pulled out a seldom used rod and reel, an old empty tackle box, and some new line. I put some tackle in the box, cleaned and oiled the reel, put on the new line, and cleaned an old cricket bucket that I never use anymore. Tomorrow he'll be set to participate with his son in a life experience that will be great for both of them. I get the pleasure of giving and sharing in hopes that it will make a difference in their lives. I know it does in mine.
I believe you are right Randy. My hope is that more men will take a kid fishing or any other outdoor activity to encourage their appreciation for the beauty of creation. I figure that if they are spending time fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, kayyaaakkkkking(that's for Jeff and Lefty) or even bird watching maybe there's a chance that kid will grow up with values and discipline that he won't want to give up to a life of drugs, guns, and gangs. And, they won't be willing to sit in front of the TV or video game when they could be outside. Sorry Jeff and Lefty, I would probably really like being in a yakker cruising down a river. I used to have a small jon boat and a 9.5 mariner to use when I was little back home in Virginia. Used it to go up and down hunting, fishing, and crabbing. 10 years old and captain of my own boat. Boy, I was a lucky kid and still am a lucky man. Randy, I fished with Skip Watson's son David last week. He said he knows you. I was telling him about the site and it came up in conversation.
That is just what we need in this life .......... If we all wou;d give a little then whatta heck of a better and unselfish place this would be...Some of my best childhood memories are fishing with with my dad and grandad for whatever was biting at home in Virginia whether on Gaston, Gordon or behind Kerr Dam and the little back creeks that are all surrounded by houses now.....those were great times !!!!!............God will truley smile upon your kindness
You've all read my stories about growing up in SC fishing every weekend with the folks. That is where my love of nature came from. We had a neighbor then named Tony who was my buddy. His parents were good people but workaholics and never made time for their son. Tony became a regular fixture at my house. I didnt have any siblings so he was my "brother". Mom and Dad always made time for him. His older brother and sister were dopers and always in trouble. His parents just "wrote them off" as losers and let it go.
Tony is a grown man with kids of his own. He owns a landscaping business and fishes and hunts as much as he can. He always takes friends of his kids and talks often of how we changed his outlook on life and how the hardest thing was they day we moved away when I was 15 and he was 16. He did some wrong things,but he always remembered things my parents had said to him and the love he witnessed between them and I. So he knew better things were possible and he made a good life for himself.
Slowriser, you da' man!
schrades: sorry to hijack your thread...back to the fishin' !
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