I re-learned something I had first discovered years ago as a young parent.
It’s the amount of time a youngster spends in his/her first try at fishing.
And it’s, at most, half of the time that it takes to prepare.
Our 3-year-old grandson Evan grew tired of trying to catch a fish during Saturdays’ Delphos Canal Days fishing contest on the Miami Erie Canal after about 10 minutes.
And he gave up after one of his casting attempts ended with his little rod-and-reel submerged in the waters of what Evan likes to call “the stinky pond.”
Fortunately for us, another nearby dad used his pole to snag Evan’s and saved it for some future excursion.
It was pretty cool, though, to listen as excited kids shrieked when they did catch a fish.
And to hear admonishments from the adults along the canal banks that you have to sit still if you want to catch anything.
I’m not sure if Evan will ever develop a love for fishing, but the experience gave his mom, dad, grandma, and me all something to talk and laugh about.
That’s the way I see it.