I Got the Fever

Cabin fever is a serious but not often fatal disease whose beginning coincides with winter freeze over on lakes and rivers. Long months of cold, dreary nothingness, the only comfort being the promise of a renewal with the coming of Spring. This winter has been something of an oddity. This weekend the highs will be in the 60’s in my part of the country, with ample sunshine. The lakes are still frozen, but the ice is getting dangerously thin.

There is an annual Boat and Fishing Show being held this weekend at the Sports Center in our town. I’m taking my beloved grandson, R.J., for his first show. I’ve looked forward to this for months. I’ve found out that the father of his best friend is dating my cousin! Small world. They’re coming with us and I’m planning a trip to SE Wisconsin in June with a professional guide for the 4 of us. My longtime fishing partner suffered a stroke last year and can’t/won’t travel as far as we used to. So I’m planning a number of guided trips to different waters to show my grandson some new experiences.

I wasn’t exactly Ward Cleaver when my girls were growing up. Truth is I was hardly there at all. Everything was always about me. I had no sons and RJ is my only grandson. (Tyler is also, but his mother doesn’t want much to do with me. She has her hands full with him and his battles with cancer.)

I love my granddaughters but there’s always been a special bond between boys and their grandpas. It’s the only time I get him to myself and I cherish every minute. The way he watches and listens to everything I try to teach him, it’s like I’m special to somebody. It’s the happiest time for me, since my daily routine never changes much. Hopefully, someday when he has sons and grandsons of his own, he can tell them about the times he went fishin’ with his grandpa. Maybe even tell a few fish stories. There’s not a better feeling in the world than being a shining light for someone else.









Dangerously thin ice






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4 responses to “I Got the Fever

  1. Where I live, temperatures haven’t gone under freezing for almost a week, and today was 70°. A strange winter, but I’m really enjoying it. I love the smell of spring. Today there was about a dozen robins in my backpack.

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  2. chrissythehyphenated

    Love this post, Pete! I need some explanation of the gateway drug one though.


  3. Pistol Pete

    That fish is commonly referred to as a bluegill,bream,redear sunfish,shellcracker or pumpkinseed.They are common in almost every body of fresh water.Most kids get their start catching them.That leads to seeking out bigger gamefish,such as largemouth bass,walleye,northern pike and the ultimate,muskellunge(muskie for short).once a kid get the rush of catching a fish,he wants more and more.It is truly addictive.