So in exactly one month, I leave my humble abode to travel far and wide to the big ol' place of learning. Boy am I stressed. There's packing, making sure everything is set up, buying equipment, and finding time to breathe.
The best time to relax, in my opinion, is some good ol' fishing. It's too hot right now, but man do I need it. (Don't tell my dad, but sometimes I cast without bait, just to sit there for a few minutes). :) In my opinion, that's what everyone really needs every now and then. To sit back and stare at a bobber sitting in the water, halfway knowing it's never going to move, but your heart still jumps when the minnow dives a little too deep.
Trace Adkins puts in pretty good perspective in his song "Just Fishing". I almost cried the first time I heard it.
Fishing has always been one of those bonding things between our family. Over the years, it's become pretty fluid. We convince the dad to take us out to the creek for a little while one morning, laugh as he complains about minnow prices and how he plans to start farming his own, pack up the Dr.Peppers and folding chairs, walk the quarter mile hauling coolers, snacks, tackle boxes and fishing poles to dad's new spot (wherever it may be), throw the hooked bait into the water, pop the top to a DP, sit back, and chill. Sometimes, we catch something. Sometimes, we don't. But it's okay. We just take the trip back up the hill once it gets too hot, and try again another weekend.
That's what everyone needs to get ahold of. Good, family fun, bonding. That's what I love about living out here. Everytime we bring a friend, they complain about how it's so boring. I guess it's just one of those things we know we will always have as a memory. When we're all grown up and have families of our own, we're going to meet up one weekend and go fishing. It's not an option. :)