CAREFUL! YOUR GRANDCHILDREN REMEMBER WHAT YOU SAY

Ezra’s First Fish

With the blessings of grand parenting come a few stark realities, not the least of which is that our grandchildren listen to what we say and remember our promises. I was itching to help Ezra catch his first fish about two years ago while visiting Seth, Julie, Ezra, and Ainsley in Asheville, North Carolina. I had packed a tackle box and the family cane pole in the car before hitting the road.

Seth Rowe

Seth With The Family Canepole

An internet search revealed some likely fishing spots where an eager bluegill could be caught. When I explained my plan to Ezra, who was 4 years old at the time, he did not share my excitement. Resorting immediately to bribes, I casually mentioned that family tradition required an ice cream stop after a grandchild caught his first fish. Reluctantly, Ezra allowed that he would be willing to join the adventure. Unfortunately, I had not brought any wax worms with me and the neighborhood bait shop had no bait. Bad omen.

Undaunted, Seth, Ezra, and I grabbed a shovel and dug up a few worms from under a tree next to their home. I worried as I inspected our meager take of four small night crawlers knowing I was ignoring my Grandfather’s admonition of sixty years ago: “A real fisherman never runs out of bait!” I should not have been concerned.

Our fishing day was gorgeous. The lake was stunning in its beauty and shocking in its lack of fish. Seeing Seth and Ezra gazing intently into the water trying to catch a glimpse of a fish caused me to reflect on how many bodies of water I have stared at hoping for just a hint of a reason to fish that water.

Seth and Ezra looking for fish

Seth and Ezra looking for fish

Of course, I was disappointed when we were skunked. But being with family on a beautiful day in a beautiful spot put the lack of action into perspective.

Oompah and Ezra Quality Time

Oompah and Ezra Quality Time

As for Ezra, his spirits were not dampened by the lack of fish. He has such a unique and refreshing way of encountering the world. I remember a day when as a three year old he spontaneously belted out the first verse of “Be Thou My Vision”. Lauri and I were thrilled to listen to this little guy singing as if inspired by our Creator to share this great hymn with the whole world. During every subsequent trip to Asheville, I have begged Ezra for an encore to no avail.

About a year later, Ezra and his parents were in Worthington. I was eager to give Ezra another shot at his first fish. I reminded Ezra of the sweet reward that awaited once he successfully caught his first fish. His interest soared.

Seth, Ezra, his cousin Izzy, Uncle Nate, and I drove to Sharon Woods park where there is a very reliable fish holding bush submerged close to shore. The cane pole was back in action and I had plenty of bait. Seth baited up and I turned on the camera as the bait settled in the water under the bobber. It did not take long.

So grandparents remember, if you promise ice cream be prepared to deliver!

A Year Later With Aunt Ginny

A Year Later With Aunt Ginny

Top Ten Reasons To Take Your Family Fishing

Fishing Gave A Father Like Me Something To Give Baby Nate To Do Inside When Mom Is At The Grocery

Fishing Gives A Kid Something To Do Inside When Mom Is At The Grocery

Provides Early Childhood Exposure To The Outdoors

Provides Early Childhood Exposure To The Outdoors

You Can Ask The Kids To Stand Still And They  Will If One Of Them Is Showing Off  A Fish And The Others Want To Share The Limelight

You Can Ask The Kids To Stand Still And They Will If One Of Them Is Showing Off A Fish And The Others Want To Share The Limelight

Your Wife Always Outfishes  You Thereby Introducing You To The Concept Of Humility

Your Wife Always Outfishes You Thereby Introducing You To The Concept Of Humility

Your Dad Can Make A Fashion Statement

Your Dad Can Make A Fashion Statement

They Learn To Ignore A Little Rain In Their Life

They Learn To Ignore A Little Rain In Their Life

And Learn That When They Are Able To Ignore A Little Rain In Their Life The Rewards Can Be Great

And Learn That When They Are Able To Ignore A Little Rain In Their Life The Rewards Can Be Great

They Eventually Learn To Tie On Their Own Lures

They Eventually Learn To Tie On Their Own Lures

Your Kid Gets To Show Off The Sweatshirt You Will Not Let Him Wear Anywhere Else

Your Kid Gets To Show Off The Sweatshirt You Will Not Let Him Wear Anywhere Else

Fishing Gives A Guy Something To Think About Other Than You Know What On His Honeymoon

Fishing Gives A Guy Something To Think About Other Than You Know What On His Honeymoon

Chuck Dahn and Memories Of Dad

The most exciting part of sharing stories has been that good friends respond by sharing their own. Over the years, York Golf Club has had the good fortune of having a Club Manager named Chuck Dahn. Chuck is a man who goes about his job as if it is not work. Chuck recently shared memories of his Dad and a couple of photographs which I will share with you. Chuck was a crafty left-hander in junior high and played an important role on a great Miami University basketball team. However, his words make obvious that his athletic memories are best recalled in the context of his Dad. As you read his words, remember your family members and give thanks for the important inspirational roles they have played in your life and for the stories you have to tell about them. As Chuck tells the story:

Ridgeview Raiders

The crafty lefthander throwing Uncle Charlie, the dreaded curve ball

The crafty lefthander throwing Uncle Charlie, the dreaded curve ball

Miami University Basketball 1984

Chuck Dahn, member of Miami University basketball eam

Chuck Dahn, member of Miami University basketball eam

………..I can still hear my dad yelling at the ball games……….most memorable yell from dad, Assembly Hall (Indiana, Bob Knight), 1983, Indiana ranked #5 and we win by 8!!  I played the whole game and was exhausted after the game, but thrilled!!  Dad had 2 things to say to me at half court (where I met him and mom following the game)…1.  Did you hear me yell?  (17,000 screaming Indiana fans) 2. How does my shoulder turn look??  (Dad was a member at York till he passed away in 1991)……….My answers, “ I heard every word ”  and “ your shoulder turn looks great ”………..He was diagnosed with cancer the week before the game and battled till his last day!!    Dad was a WWII pilot (B-24) and an All-American football player at University of Dayton alongside Chuck Knoll!

 

Thanks for sharing Chuck!