Share your passion. It’s something my husband always says. I totally get it because how cool is it to do something you absolutely love and be able to share those moments with your child…and have them truly enjoy it? I think every parent secretly (or not-so-secretly) hopes their child will be into whatever they’re into.
If you know my husband, you know he’s an uber-outdoorsman. Hunting and fishing are in his blood. He loves it and he’s good at it, too. If you know my son, you know he’s a mini version of my hubby. He can fish for hours. He loves to go scouting for deer…turkeys…whatever. He’s always up to go shed hunting and has a better track record for finding them than my husband. While my hubby is proud of his pint-sized shed finder, I think he’s also a little bit jealous. 😉
My husband has been bitten by the Musky bug. Over the past couple of years, you could safely say his obsession has grown stronger. And, not one to shy away from a challenge – he’s started tying his own flies. I mean, how much cooler will it be to catch a musky on a fly YOU created!?! Fishermen will get it.
So, I can only imagine what went through my husband’s head when our son asked if they could make some musky flies together. He got out all his supplies and our 6-year old bellied up to the bar (aka the musky fly-tying work bench) to watch his dad at work. He helped choose the colors for the fly. He asked questions. He sat still (which isn’t easy for a little dude) while his dad worked on his craft. He even helped name the finished products…and has come up with way better names than I could ever think of.
As a mom, I was beaming because I knew this was a moment for the two of them. This was just the start. My husband always jokes that “this is my life” now. I didn’t come from a hunting or fishing family. A lot of this is new to me, but being the observer that I am – I truly enjoy watching Callen as he gets into all of this. His eyes light up differently when he talks about seeing deer or almost catching a musky himself.
“Mom! I saw a musky! I didn’t catch it, but I saw it! Next time!” Words I never thought would be a part of my life…but are so awesome to hear as he runs into the house after a day out on the boat.
I know the importance of pictures – I’m a photographer, after all. So, while I can’t teach him casting techniques or how to make a proper turkey call, I’m able to give him these pictures. A way for my passion to collide with his. I know he thinks they’re cool now and I know he’ll appreciate them when he’s much older.
Sharing his passions for hunting and fishing has always been important to my husband. He doesn’t force it. He just does his thing and includes our son. He doesn’t have to tell Callen why it’s cool to do what he does. Callen has figured that out just by watching his hero.