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Topic: Gone Fishing (02/01/07)
TITLE: Fishing Moments
By Stephanie Eckenroad
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The air was warm. Spring was waking up all around us. Birds sang their special song. The creek was running at a good pace through the pasture. It was a perfect day to be fishing.
Was fishing my favorite thing to do? No. I was a 15-year-old girl who wanted to do anything besides go fishing. That was something we did when I was much younger. I didn’t want to touch those smelly worms. At least my dad had the sense to dig them up himself. So why was I here and what made this the perfect fishing day? I was with my dad.
My dad and I hadn’t done something by ourselves for what felt like years. Now, I understand how life is, but at the time I didn’t understand why Dad couldn’t be available to me more. Work, family, life, something always needed Dad’s attention. It was easy to feel unimportant to my Dad and I guess at times he felt unimportant to me. But today was our day, and we went fishing in the most beautiful little place.
We climbed over a fence and walked across a pasture that was beginning to burst forth with color. You could hear the water’s song before you could see it’s beauty. As we walked behind a little white church, we headed toward a tall oak tree that held years of history. Its limbs spread out in a canopy of protection and refreshment. The creek meandered its way around the old oak tree and disappeared into the distance.
We found our spot beneath the tree. Sunshine spilled all around us washing away the winter. We weren’t thinking of disagreements and disappointments. We were only thinking of this moment, taking in all the beauty. We didn’t want a single thing to ruin this time because I think somewhere inside of each of us we knew this might be our last father-daughter experience.
I can’t tell you if we caught any fish. I can’t tell you what we talked about. However, I will always be thankful for this day when my dad and I went fishing because we never did have another moment like that one. It was a gift from God. I grew from a teen to and adult in what seemed like a blink of an eye. College, marriage, and children. Now, I search for “fishing” moments so my girls will know that no matter how crazy life gets they are special.
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