Monday, November 12, 2012
When I was a kid I got to spend a couple of weeks each summer on my Grandpa's farm and his brothers farm. His brother, Uncle Nig, had great fishing on his farm and he had a pond up on top of a big hill that had the biggest Bluegill I have ever seen. My great grandfather, Grandpa Boney, lived with Uncle Nig and Aunt Nellie and he and I fished the creek, the slough, and the low pond. Many times, after we had fished the flatland, he would tell me he sure would like some Bluegill for dinner. Every time we would walk to the base of the Hill and he would sit down under a tree and send me up the mountain. That hill was too steep and too high for Grandpa Boney to climb but up I would go carrying my worms and cane pole. After I would get enough fish for dinner I would come down off the mountain, wake up Grandpa Boney, and walk to the house feeling good about getting him his fish. As I got older I realized that it wasn't the dinner he was interested in but that he wanted me to have the fun of catching those big scrappy panfish.
This lifestyle change is like climbing that mountain. It takes work and it takes time but the prize at the top of the mountain is definitely worth the effort. There were times when I was climbing up to the pond that my foot would slide out from under me and I would have to catch myself before I slid down too far. Does that sound familiar? Not once when I slipped did I even think about not climbing to the top. Kids are like that. Maybe we need to bring out the kid in each of us. That kid doesn't take every slip and fall like it's the end of the world. Kids pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and keep on keepin on. Despite my many years on this earth I'm glad I never completely grew up. It proves useful in this journey.
We adults have serious things going on in our lives and that tends to make us take everything, including ourselves, too seriously. There's nothing wrong with having fun while we work on this lifestyle change and as hard as that is it's worth thinking about.
Enjoy the ride,