The holidays are upon us, remembrance of our Savior’s birth, renewals of family bonds and loving our children and grandchildren. As I write this, memories of Christmas’s past flood into my mind and heart.
As a boy, we would have to travel at times to see the grandparents. This meant having Christmas early at my parents’ home and then climbing into the cold car on Christmas day to visit the grandparents. The wonderful smells of the turkey and dressing plus all the great, once-a-year candies and side dishes set the stage for a wonder day. Fishing always was a subject of conversation and we couldn’t wait to see if the gifts contained something new for the new fishing year.
These memories spilled over into our family and children and now our grandchildren. Fishing has become a permanent part of our lives and it instills a love for the great outdoors, fishing and life itself. We are stewards of our beloved earth and all its resources. As such, we must be mentors, teachers and examples for the children of our wonderful country to pass these passions and freedoms to our children.
Numerous examples of hunting and fishing organizations reaching out to parents and children exist and should continue to grow in the future to ensure they experience and understand the relevance of their involvement. FLW, Bass Masters, Big Cat Quest, Crappie Masters, to name a few, are all pursing to build tournament and education opportunities within the current and future generations.
The newest one to join these efforts is the Crappie Masters, Kids Fishing and Education. According to Kurt Sherman, the President, “Our mission is to provide kids the opportunity to fish, enjoy our natural resources and learn about conservation while providing them the opportunity to be awarded scholarships for higher education.” CrappieNow endorses efforts such as these. Please visit their website for information on how you can be involved in our support their efforts. The url is: www.kidsfishingandeducation.com.
May God bless all of you and keep you safe. I will catch up with you after the first of the year. I have children and grandchildren to see!