Ramble with Storm: Gender issues

SHARE Ramble with Storm: Gender issues

Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family’s mixed Lab.

My daughter is the one who asks, “Can we go fishing?”

I have mulled this many times, but I don’t why it is our only daughter who regularly asks to go fishing.

Now, I am happy to take her. Not just happy, but sort of puffed-chest proud.

Yet, I am retro enough to sometimes wish it was my boys, at least one of them, who asks to go fishing.

All three of our boys can fish. The oldest can do it well. But it is not a consuming thing with the boys.

With Sara, it’s another story.

Yesterday, she asked to go fishing on the town pond. So we did. On her first cast, she missed a bluegill. So we downsized. Then, on her second cast, she caught a good bluegill.

Then it was messing around.

She wanted to try a new spot, so we did.

Stopping of course to much on her favorite snack, a bag of Doritos. While she was casting, she described a big bass that swam by. We soon found the bed it was guarding.

Then another couple spots with little luck, so she (smartly in my view) wanted to go back to where she had caught fish at first.

And she promptly flipped a huge redear just short of the shore. We don’t have many redears in the town pond, but those there tend to be good ones.

That had her going pretty good. And me, too, for that matter.

I was so wound up that I told her to set the hook too soon the next time her special bobber moved.

And she looked at me and said, “It wasn’t heavy.”

That’s my girl. She’s enough of a fisherman (fisher? fisherwoman?) to know when a line loads up with weight is when the hook should be set.

She caught another small bluegill.

It was time.

I was surprised to see two hours had gone by. That’s a long time on a hot day for a girl who just turned 9.

Yes, I was proud and happy.

The Latest
Bret Cavanaugh and Alex Bielfeldt will be the first to reach Nationals in any sport out of Reed-Custer High School when they fish the Bassmaster High School National Championship Aug. 1-3 on Tennessee’s Chickamauga Lake.
The Hawks’ prospect pool is almost overflowing with talent after adding in their 2024 draft class, including the defenseman taken with the No. 2 overall pick.
Everyone’s tolerance is different, and sometimes love isn’t enough to get you through challenges in relationships.
She treats her grown son like he’s the more mature one.
The FBI early Sunday named 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, as the subject involved in the shooting.