This morning over a cup of coffee I looked out at the temp that read 7 degrees and a thought came to mind – winter just might be here to stay. Quite the revelation huh? OK but more followed, the season was changing again much to my chagrin. Most of us, including me and I’ll bet you too just kind of roll along with each day as it comes. The past fall arrived with large amounts of anticipation much the same as the spring before had done. In the outdoors we make plans to usher in each one. A new season means a change of equipment. Winters’ short ice rods exchanged for those longer, Ice Armor for sweatshirts ‘n fleece and eventually T-shirts ‘n shorts. My Ranger boat comes out of the long winter storage looking forward to soft water again. Then as months roll past and leaves begin to change a chill creeps into once humid warm morning air bringing memories of past falls, whistling waterfowl wings, the rush of a rooster flush, excited gun dogs and the early morning silence broken by a snapped twig or crunching leaf as a Whitetail slowly creeps along a familiar trail.
For more years than I care to elaborate I’ve looked forward to each with little thought to one ending and another beginning except on rare occasions. These thoughts may come along in the early morning as darkness is pushed out by the sun, a quiet time alone in a familiar outdoor place or on a cold evening in front of the wood stove watching flames flicker feeling the warmth from the oak logs as they burn ushering in memories of seasons past. I won’t bore you with too many personal stories but one is worth consideration because if you’re a parent or the child of a parent it may have a personal meaning either now or in the future.
A long time ago as my boys, Erik and
Now about that silhouetted photo? I’ve given it to a good friend as his child was born hoping the experience of father and child growing into outdoor passions would bring him the priceless experiences I’ve had with both Erik and
Well gotta go get those short ice rods ready. Another season’s almost here and I can’t wait!