Those of you who know me will realize that fishing is not something I would do willingly. In fact, if you put a pole in my hand and led me to water, I still wouldn't be willing to impale a worm on a hook or take a hook out of a gasping fish's mouth. And don't even think of asking me to gut, clean, and fry a fish. The closest I want to get is a neat little filet already cooked on a plate -- and in fact, I'm not too fond of that, either. So you may be surprised to learn that I had a wonderful time yesterday at a fishing rodeo sponsored by our Lions Club for the city of Germantown's children.
First, we have a beautiful setting.It's a small lake right behind city hall, surrounded by parkland, and specially stocked with catfish for this occasion. To make things even better, yesterday was clear and bright with temperatures in the 70s all morning. Delightful!
Then there are the kids. They were all having the time of their lives -- whether you looked for the boy who caught the 5-pounder or the one who snagged a goldfish! Or the little cutie here who won her own fishing rod for catching the biggest fish in the under-five-years-old category. You never saw a prouder walk!
So that's how I spent my Fourth of July! And I loved it. Besides starting the day right for 140 children and their proud parents, we did some other good stuff, too. Our donations jar collected $674.00, which will go to Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service as part of a "Freedom from Blindness" fund-raising campaign.
And to top it off, at the end of the rodeo, a man asked us if he could take any unwanted fish to feed the raptors in his bird sanctuary, where he is trying to rehabilitate several eagles. That seemed like a very appropriate activity for the Fourth of July. The crowd loved the idea, too. We could see the looks of relief on several mothers' faces as they realized they didn't have to take those messy things home and try to cook them. I sympathized!
ADDENDUM: Someone just e-mailed me these two pictures and the caption. This is just in case you have not had your fill of cuteness for the day!
The person who sent these says, "I took some photos at the Germantown, Tennessee Lion's Club Youth Fishing Rodeo yesterday that I thought were so precious. I am sending them to you to enjoy as well. The baby is 9 month old Zadie Hope Crutchfield, on her first fishing trip. She seems to have a "knack" for it!