Memories That Matter: How Fishing Made A New Extended Family (Andy Huset)
Fishing can bring people together in so many ways.
It often has the power to form bonds that go much further than cultural divides.
Forming families that extend past blood relations.
I first started taking Alex’s family fishing and on different adventures a while back and it quickly became a bit of a ritual.
We loved being able to spend time with them, always looking for new adventures with both of our families.
At first, it was a treat with smaller snapper, and small catfish, but the love for fishing was ignited and that was such a joy to see them all enjoy their first catches and other milestones.
They quickly graduated to bigger fish, and bigger fish and it wasn’t long before 10-year-old Alan was pulling in a 27” Jack Crevalle all by himself!
Now he has quite an interest in fishing and he’s up for fishing with me anytime; day or night.
He has even developed a wall of fishing pictures from our adventures and is quickly filling up the space.
He became my little fishing partner, and over time and many adventures with Alex and the rest of his family, I became Grandpa Andy, and my lovely wife is Grandma Kwee.
Alex’s other two kids Alexa, 13, and Junior, 9, may not get as much of the rush from fishing as young Alan, but they love the adventures we go on.
They like taking the canoe out and seeing the sights; searching for starfish and sand dollars.
We all just recently got to take a trip to the Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach, Florida and it was such a great time.
We got to see the stingrays, pet them and learn all about them and the manatees.
After we did that Alan asked what we would do next, so I told him we could walk the boardwalk.
We took a nice walk and enjoyed the sights for a bit, but it came to an end.
At the end of the boardwalk, Alan looked at me and asked what we were doing next.
I looked at him, asked him what he would like to do… and he looked up at me and said “Can we go fishing with you, Grandpa Andy?”
I laughed and told him of course we could find some time to go fishing. So before long, he and I have a trip to get after some big ones.
We are quite the ethnic bunch, and you may not be able to tell by looking at us, but we are a family through and through.
The Whole Family:
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