Lately I have seen a few posts from young parents and their little ones fishing with the same caption on all of them….”They think we’re fishing”. I can relate to this everyday. In other words, the kids think they are merely fishing but the parents know that this is way more than just fishing. It’s time spent. It’s a special time together that they will never get back. It’s a time to cherish and to soak up every second with their sweet little ones. It’s a time to hold them close and to talk to them. It’s a time to teach them something like patience and sitting still. It doesn’t have to be fishing at all. It can be anything that you do with your child and yet they don’t realize how special it is to you. They have no idea how much that you are going to miss this age they are in or the fact that they aren’t little anymore. They don’t understand that you are holding on as tight as you can while at the same time giving them room to fly. It’s never just “fishing”. From a parent perspective it is always so much more. When they are older and they look back on this time spent, whatever your activity is, they will realize that it was a special time. When they look back on time spent with a loved one that has now gone to Heaven they will understand that it was much more than “fishing”. It was a time to learn who you are and where you came from. It was making memories that you didn’t even realize were memories until much later in life. They will look back with a smile on their face and a far off look and recall those times with warmth and longing just like I do for those times with my loved ones that have gone on.
Don’t fault them for not savoring every last moment. Don’t fault them for being “bored”. But Momma and Daddy you savor every single moment. You soak it all up. Cherish even the rough times because they make the good times even better. And never ever take for granted the time you have with your little ones or your big ones. This is a luxury that not everyone has and it could be one that may be taken away. Make every moment count. Love big and Love hard. But always Remember…..
THEY THINK WE’RE FISHING