Fishing happens to be one of my favorite past times. I spent a lot of time as a child going fishing with my father, grandfather, and uncles. We spent time bonding and really enjoying time together no matter where we went fishing. We were Saltwater fishermen, and my family even had a boat for a few years. The enjoyment I had growing up continued into my adult life. Fishing remains one of my favorite things to do, because it can provide some time away from the stressors of life. An atmosphere that is quite and being outdoors is always a huge plus for me.
I have always planned on taking my son fishing and have those same experiences I had with my father and grandfather. But obviously when Greyson was diagnosed I wasn’t sure if that would ever happen. It was the most challenging part of the diagnosis. Not knowing what will happen or if I would ever hear him call me dad, was debilitating at times. When things got overwhelming I started to do some fresh water fishing, because it is local and I could still get some time out of the house for myself and not have to drive an hour plus each way to the beach. So I started doing that last year.
Just the other day I decided I was going to get out for my first trip of the year and I decided to give it a try and bring Greyson with me. I knew form the start he wouldn’t be overly engaged in fishing but I thought we might be able to figure out how to have a good time and bond anyway.
Well, I was right and we had a great time together. Greyson did hold the fishing pole for a little bit, however, he did spend most of the time either trying to jump in the water or watching his cell phone. I didn’t car at all though, because I realize it was about the time together and the bond we have as father and son. Looking back on how I felt years ago when Grey was first diagnosed, I realized how my perspective was just clouded by my emotions and I didn’t realize the true value of the experiences I thought I could never have with Greyson.
I realize now though that it doesn’t matter where we go or what we do as long as we are together we will have the most memorable experiences!