Family is First, Even if You Hate Fishing
My blog brother, _Jon of We Swear, recently posted on how much he hated fishing, yet he went because he wanted to spend time with his Dad and Uncle, fearing this is the last time they would be able to be together like this. He basically took the time, to make a memory, knowing that opportunity may never arise again. How many of us do that? It takes something life altering at times to do things like that. It shouldn't, but it does.
So here is my life altering experience, that would have me on a fishing boat with family... to create a memory.
The Great Omnipotent One has a four generational picture. It is my brother as a baby, him, his Dad, and my Great Grandfather. It's priceless. My GreatGrandfather died probably 4 or 5 years later. My Mom has one also. She as a toddler, her Mom, my Greatgrandmother, and my Great Great Grandmother.
Five years ago for my mother in laws November birthday, I got a gift certificate for Sears photography and told my sister in law that she needed to get a 3 generational picture of my niece, her, and my mother in law. By getting the gift certificate, it wasn't a 'should', I was forcing her hand in the issue. To this day, I do not know why. I told her about our family pictures and how valuable they are... same sex multi generational pictures. So they did it, and I know there was much grumbling on my sister in law and niece's part and I am sure, my mother in law being the saintly person she was, also very frugal, was telling them that 'we can't waste this! It's money!' or "We have to do it for her, she will be offended and it is a good idea." In a matter of months after the photo shoot, my mother in law was gone. Never sick a day in her life, and suddenly, via massive stroke she was no longer with us. It was horrible and gut wrenching as the death of a mother is. I loved this woman. Still do.
My sister in law came up to me later and thanked me profusely for making her take the time to get the picture. They had lunch that day. They laughed. And as much as she didn't want to do it (my sister in law), she said she was so glad they did after it was over and now... now she is forever thankful that they have the picture and the memory.
And now I am like _Jon. I will take those times to do things that I may not necessarily really want to do, because you never know when it's too late.