Stephanie had been asking to go fishing for a while now. We are not fishing people, though, so she wasn’t getting her way. So, what did she decide to do? Well, she made her own fishing pole. Then, everyday, she asked to go fishing. I used every excuse in the book to not go. I mean, come on, it’s not my idea of a fun day.
Then, yesterday, I came to the realization that I was becoming stagnant in my homeschooling. We had been simply going through the motions rather than really living the life. It was more than simply not taking her fishing. I mean, I homeschool to help cultivate our relationship, inspire wonder, and help to develop her character. These are the things that are important to us as a family. Our days at home do not matter if we are not cultivating our relationship, inspiring wonder or developing her character. By constantly telling her “no,” I wasn’t doing any of these things.
So, I decided to put on my jeans and boots, and take my daughter fishing. When she heard we were going to the pond, the excitement poured out of her. She could hardly contain herself! She ran and put on her outdoor clothes, grabbed her homemade fishing pole and small tackle box, and jumped in the truck ready to go.