Back in the 1970s when I was growing up, I spent a LOT of time fishing especially, during the summer months.
My brothers and I would wake up early so we could get our sleepy butts to the Bayside Marina in Queens, or the Fort Totten Jetty before it filled up with other eager fishermen (and fisherwomen).
My mom loaded us up in the car with our fishing rods, a tackle box, and an old paint bucket, and then she dropped us off at the pier.
She gave us a couple of bucks for snacks, and some pocket change so we could call her from the pay-phone to pick us up when we were finished.
The first thing we did when we got to the fishing spot was dug for worms. These weren’t just any kind of worms. They were sandworms; scary creatures that had black fangs and if they bit you, it hurt like heck!
We got our fair share of bites, lost a little blood, but we survived.
Then we’d head up to our favorite spot and fish the entire day away.
We’d alternate between fishing with worms and then lure casting.
Both ways of fishing took patience, persistence, and attention.
If we were using worms and sinkers for bottom fishing, we had to be sure to tug on the pole if we got a bite. Otherwise, the fish would get a free meal, and we’d have to wrestle with another ferocious sandworm.
With lure casting, we had to be very careful of casting the pole without the hook catching anyone else that was in the immediate vicinity.
One year, my older brother Rick, got his ear ripped in half by another fisherman that was not paying attention while casting. Rick’s got a big scar on his ear, but at least he still has his ear.
No-one ever said that fishing was without peril.
But, between the worm bites and stitches, and the seasickness when we were lucky enough to fish from a boat, we learned awesome skills that I am grateful for:
- We learned patience and persistence.
- We learned to be aware of our environment and the people around us.
- We learned how to catch our own food.
- We learned self-reliance.
There’s a quote that says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
It’s so true!
Decades later, I still love fishing, and thankfully my husband loves it, too.
So, why is this important?
If the crap ever hits the fan, and there is a food shortage with nothing available at the local market, you’ll find me fishing for my family’s dinner.
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Grab your fishing rod and I’ll see you on the pier!
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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