I have spent the last 2 weeks on the road hunting in Georgia and Alabama. During that time I have made many great lasting memories and made some new friends. This morning I was stalking hogs with my husband Dale along with Terry and Dillon from Racknine Outdoors. I was really enjoying our time, the weather was beautiful and we were finding lots of fresh hog sign.
Should have been a perfect day, but it wasn’t. Maybe I got homesick, I don’t know. But we were walking along one minute with me thinking how I really love hog hunting, and the next minute my son popped into my head. I started thinking how Matt would have really loved this, but he will never get the chance to experience it. You see he died in a boating accident 16 years ago at the age of 16. His death has changed our family forever.
That got me thinking (and crying) about how we need to focus on the important stuff. Family, God, friends and health. The rest of it really doesn’t matter. Get your kids and grandkids out in the woods, take them hunting, fishing, hiking or bird watching if that is what your are into. Spend quality time with them, bonding over the simple things in life. Teach them about the outdoors so they in turn can teach their children. Make sure they know your love, don’t let a day go by without telling them. You really don’t know how long you will have them for. Help them create wonderful memories that will comfort them in the future. Life is a double edged knife, any of us could be gone tomorrow.
So enough said. Next weekend Dale and I are taking our family and going camping and fishing in New York. We will laugh, play, fish and have memories to sustain us. I am going to help untangle lines and unhook fish for my grandchildren, take lots of pictures and ingrain every minute into my heart and brain.