January 28, 2010 in Michele's Blog
My dad jokes that he never knows what day it is because my mom won’t let him hang a calendar anywhere in the house because “they don’t go with the décor”…something I must have inherited because I don’t really like the look of calendars hanging all over the place either, but if there is something that will get me to hang a calendar…it’s having one that my Dad is in….(on my birthday month, nonetheless) I’m so proud of my dad and what he chose to do with his life for all these years. He had a passion for fishing and has been sporting hip boots, and a boat and motor since he entered kindergarten. His father and his grandfather were also fishermen. It’s certainly not a glamorous life, LOADS of hard, stinky, dirty work for not nearly enough money, but he LOVES it and at 62 is still doing it….and I don’t see him ever stopping until his body tells him he just can’t do it anymore. He’s in better physical shape than a lot of guys half his age, and it’s very inspiring and a testament to nature and working hard at what you love to do. His favorite time of the day is sunrise and the daily doses of fresh air are great for the spirits because he’s always relaxed, happy and positive. He knows the Mississippi River like the back of his hands, and has the most respectful approach to what he does and how he goes about doing it. He fishes year round, regardless of weather, he builds his own nets, he’s respectful of his catch and maintaining the healthy growth and life of the river. The river is an amazing, beautiful place, and the art of commercial fishing on the Mississippi is becoming a lost one. It’s my goal this year to dedicate some time to preserve and document all the experiences and knowledge that this commercial fisherman I call dad, has acquired over the past 62 years, and to tell some naturally good stories before they truly are lost. There’s something to be said for doing what you love for all the right reasons.
I come by my love for nature naturally….and I have my Dad to thank for that. Love you Dad!
Cheers to inspiring fathers everywhere…..and of course, those who love havin’ their calendars out in the open! ::)