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The Old Man and the Boy, a story by Robert Ruark, about a young man’s life experiences shared with his grandfather. He spends summers with his grandfather, while his not in school. His grandfather has a critical role in shaping his life and most of his lessons are taught through fishing and hunting in this book. The old man always knows what to say and he seems to have an answer for every situation. The boy does not speak of knowledge learned in the class room, but knowledge that can only be taught from experience and- an old man. This book directly relates to my paper because it is based exactly on my advocacy. This book not only speaks about what I want to talk about in my paper, but it was also given to me by my Grandad and it is to this day my favorite book of all time.
A River Runs Through It is a movie about two brothers that grow up in the same place but go on in life to do very different things. Norman goes off to college and his brother Paul, stays in town and gets caught up in the local riff-raff. Norman speaks of Paul and how he does not understand how Paul is such an inherently good fisherman. He says watching his brother is fly-fishing is looking at fine art. Paul may not have his life in order, but every time he makes way down to the river his true calling makes him glisten off the sun in that little stream.
In Natures Healing Effects on Your Body & Your Mind, Jennifer Edwards speaks of how the human psychology is effected when spending time outdoors. This is not particularly about fishing or being on the water, but this does speak about being outdoors in general and how it affects one physically and emotionally.
The Lure: Still More Stories of Families, Fishing, and Faith tells some stories from a man’s fishing career and how they have affected him personally. William Kopple tells his fish stories and his experiences on the water.” As I cleared the heaviest traffic on my way north, the muscles in my neck gradually loosened as I realized that the weather was perfect for salmon fishing — it was cool, it was overcast, it was misty.” Fisherman, real fisherman always have fishing on the brain.
On Sacred Ground : The Spirit Of Place In Pacific Northwest Literature is a study on how the people of the PNW act and interact with each other. It states that the environment that they are in, the nature, has bread a kindred spirit in its people.
Many hours have been spent on the water between ole Grandad and I. We have caught about every kind of fish there is and we have sat in the boat a whole day and not got a bite. That is just the way it goes with fishing, but we never had a bad time. My community is the boat that my Grandad and I share. We have fished on that boat since I was a very young boy and still do today. This is my favorite community in my life and it has a special place in my heart. I believe that not only is fishing itself a wonderful release, that gives one opportunity to enjoy life and think but also the relationship between a grandparent and grandchild that can grow stronger than any other bond. There is something about nature, it is soothing. Fishing in nature not only improves our emotional state but can have physical effects on us as well. These photos are from various fishing excursions with my Grandad including our trips to Canada at a fly-in fishing lake.