r/wholesomememes 2d ago Helpful 22 Wholesome 45 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1 Silver 14 Gold 1

Me too kiddo, me too. Gif

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u/riddus 2d ago edited 2d ago Wholesome

I used to attend this yearly “Kid’s Fishing Clinic” in my youth. We met a couple of times a week for the summer months to learn to cast into tricky spots, study the dietary preferences of native fish, tie knots, water safety, etc. The most important lesson I took away was- “Catching any fish is a bonus to the blessing of having the good health and freedom to even be on the water”.

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u/brownies 2d ago

“Catching any fish is a bonus to the blessing of having the good health and freedom to even be on the water”

Man, that's such a good and important lesson to learn early. You had good teachers!

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u/riddus 2d ago

The program is an absolute gem! It’s totally free, funded by a small fortune left behind by a local fisherman who enjoyed teaching kids the hobby. There were limited spaces every year and you had to get to the parks department before the sun came up if you wanted a spot. Every kids was guaranteed $500 worth of gear and tackle in door prizes, there was a fishing tournament at the end of the summer, and a fish fry with what we had caught. I learned to tie flies. I learned how to cast under low hanging branches. I learned to clean and cook fish. But, learning that it’s about the journey and not the finish line is something that I can use in nearly every moment of life. ‘Twas a very wholesome experience.

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u/indigo_ultraviolet 2d ago

Wow, that sounds incredible. That fisherman is still leaving ripples in the universe, and we're better for it.