My computer is fixed and it's like having an old friend back. I have truly missed reading your blogs and I'm looking forward to catching up.
On Monday, our newspaper printed a delightful story that I would like to share with you. A Western North Carolina man (David Hayes) regularly takes his three-year-old granddaughter Alyssa fishing. The two of them go out to the garden to catch crickets and dig worms and then go to the pond behind the house. Mr. Hayes usually does not fish; he baits Alyssa's hook and takes off the catch, usually small bluegills.
During one of their outings this month, Alyssa had a sudden urge to go to the bathroom. She asked her grandfather to hold her fishing pole. The pole is a hot pink Barbie Rod and Reel. A few minutes later, Mr. Hayes felt a tug on the pole. He had hooked a fish...a really big fish.
After a twenty-five-minute struggle, Mr. Hayes pulled in a catfish. It was a big catfish. In fact, the channel catfish Mr. Hayes caught on the Barbie Rod and Reel breaks the North Carolina state record! The fish weighed 21 pounds, one ounce, and at 32 inches in length it was longer than the Barbie Rod.
Mr. Hayes says he has taken a lot of kidding from his fellow anglers. He just smiles and tells them he's the one with the record catch and that while the rules say that the fish must be caught with a rod and reel, they make no mention of the type. What a wonderful memory for Mr. Hayes and Alyssa.
Kudos to Mr. Hayes and to every grandfather or father, grandmother or mother who takes a child fishing.