Monday, May 18, 2009

Fish and Women? Only a Man Could see it.


Seems like I put a lot of posts up on fishing trips. Occassionally, it has to do with the fact that we caught some serious fish. But, more often than not, it's because it's such a quality time with my son.

I've learned that one of the best ways to teach, and be taught, is to have a day on a body of water looking for fish. If it's an overniter, I defy anyone to say they get 24 hours of quality time with a child like that.

Some of the things we have both learned while fishing? Patience, respect, pushing past the tough moments, shared joy, the value of a good joke, taking in beauty when it's around you, and working as a team.

I've watched Kyle mature on a trip as tuna are boiling around the boat and his reel gets a birds nest. Last year, I would have passed my reel off to him while I fixed his mess. This year, he handles it and gets back to business. He's really growing up.

Unfortunately, all this is in grave peril. Recently, Kyle's started styling his hair and taking showers with soap. Girls are definitely amassing on the horizon. I'm wondering if he's ready. Then I realize, he understands patience, respect, pushing past the tough moments, shared joy, taking in beauty when it's around you, and working as a team. I think he'll be okay....

3 comments:

Heather said...

I think you are doing an amazing job! Kids do grow up too fast and every minute you spend with him now is very precious! Enjoy! I see my boys now with their wives most of the time which is enjoyable but not the same. I'm really glad we took the time to be with them when they were growing up - it does make a huge difference!

Lesa said...

Your way with words continues to touch my heart. Rock on!

Eraethil said...

You're right, he'll be ok... will you? ;) Congrats on finding a winning parenting approach!