Maybe every other family in the world has tried fishing, but ours has not.
That is, until this week.
Now? We’re like total fishermen. Fishers of men.
Fisherwomen. Fisherkids. Give us a rod, a worm, and we’re in it. Big time.
This week, the kids and I tried something totally new-for-us, completely exciting, and really . . . simple.
I went fishing with kids. Fifteen kids to be exact. And a bunch of moms.
I’m not that crazy.
But when you’re baiting and casting and waiting and reeling, fifteen kids seems more like a hundred. It’s all good. It was a super summertime activity.
Along with a group of fun friends, we took a county class at a local park, and together we learned how to fish.
And the really crazy thing is that I had no idea that this beautiful park and lake even existed (less than ten minutes from my home) or that these cool family-friendly courses even existed or that if you have a small group and want to form your own class, you can simply call and form your own.
baby turtle — came to check out the newbie fisherpeople
I’m betting that it’s the same in most areas, and all it takes is a look at the local recreation department’s website.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Try Something New– Fishing With Kids: Really, I had no idea that our county parks and recreation department even offered courses like this. If I did, I would have started this madness a while ago.
My girlfriend called and arranged this adventure, and it involved paddle boating and a private fishing lesson for fifteen.
Our instructor taught us how to cut the worm for hooks. . .
. . . and then carefully unlatch the hook before casting.
We learned about how to bait the hook, how to cast, and then how to reel our catch in.
But most importantly, we learned that fishing takes a whole lot of patience.
But after a while, we got lucky!
Some of us did, anyway. Maddy, Owen, and Cora came close to grabbing one, but didn’t score a catch.
Our friends did, though, and they told us how pokey the fish scales felt–and how surprised they were that they weren’t smooth and slippery.
It. Was. Awesome.
No, I’m not a fan of the worm part, I’ll be honest. But fishing for the first time with my kids–and their buddies–was a lot of fun.
It reminded me a few things:
- that there are so many incredible learning opportunities so close to home;
- that it is so important it is to spend time with other moms and kids;
- that there are a boatload of hidden treasures right under our noses;
- that it’s good to get out of your comfort zone every now and again;
- that learning new skills is good for the soul (casting? it was hard for me, I’ll admit. . . );
- that engaging in family activities that require patience is muy importante in our immediate gratification lifestyle;
- that being outside in a beautiful location makes us all so happy and refreshed.
And really? That’s it.
Super fun new-for-us summertime learning in a totally new-for-us location.
And tell me in the comments–have you tried fishing? How’d it go for you?