Many of life’s lessons can be learned through the eye of the fishing pole. I spent the day observing the kids while they fished. I was trying to get some sun, but could never get at the right angle for watching the kids. Hampton is fishing in a tournament in two weeks and he has been practicing his casts constantly. The other kids are loving it because they get to fish “all day” too!
I was trying to soak in all the memories and watching each of the children and their certain traits. If I didn’t already believe in a Creator, I certainly would after a day of observing the distinct and amazingly different personalities of my children. Seven children from the same set of parents that are world’s apart in personality.
Hampton was explaining each and every detail of every cast that he made and the rods that do what the best.
Graylyn takes a little after me and would clumsily make a cast that wasn’t quite right while perching on a pier pylon and laugh and laugh and laugh.
Howlett was a protector and command man telling his sisters what to do and making sure the little ones had their life vests on even though the water is quite shallow.
Mary was serving the others with their every need in that she is the compassionate server in the family and the other 2 were happy to sit in the boat and be served.
Fishing brings out the true personalities in people. I have noticed if you observe your family and friends while they are fishing whatever is their strongest personality trait will eventually and even more powerfully come out. If they are competitive, you will see it even more. If they are the “let’s just have fun” type, you will be sure to see that. If they are the helping type, they will be helpful, but getting very little fishing done.
I have suggested to my children that before they decide on who they are to marry, they need to go on a long fishing trip with them or a very difficult hike in the middle of summer. You will most likely see what you need to know.