The young boy finished his cereal, ran to his room and grabbed his lucky fishing cap, fishing pole, and burst out the screen door and on to the porch where a coffee can of worms sat on the railing. Rusty, his dog was eagerly waiting for him and began to jump on him and bark as he came outside. He scooped up the worms and headed down the steps with Rusty in tow, his fishing pole over his shoulder, and walked down the dirt road as fast as his little bare feet would take him. He climbed over the wooden fence and headed across the pasture chasing after Rusty towards the pond. Coveys of quail burst from the grass as he ran down the cow trails. Rusty ran ahead barking at the cows and chasing them away from the pond. He crossed the small wooden bridge that led to the lake and made his way to the small wooden dock.
He was in that moment in time where he was the happiest, sitting, fishing, and talking to his dog about everything.
He opened the coffee can, grabbed a worm, put it on the hook, and cast it out. With Rusty by his side, he sat with a smile on his face one arm around him and the other holding the rod. He patiently watched his bobber as the sun rose higher, the sound of ducks filled the air as they landed on the other side of the pond. He was in that moment in time where he was the happiest, sitting, fishing, and talking to his dog about everything. That time and place when nothing else mattered, except him and Rusty. He had his best friend, his feet dangling in the water, and a fishing pole in his hand. At that precise moment in time, he was the happiest boy on earth. A time that he would remember for the rest of his life, and a time that he would not trade for anything in the whole wide world.
Point to Ponder:
The simplest things in life, a best friend, and a peace that fills the heart cannot be replaced by any amount of money or objects. Those moments in time will be the biggest riches that one could ever hope to have. Those memories and happiness will last a lifetime and will far exceed anything in this world. Peace and happiness far outshine the clearest diamonds, and all that glitters is not gold.
Make your memories count. Make them last a lifetime. Spend your time making yourself happy by doing what you love.
It’s the simple things we often remember most. They make us smile and get lost in the memories. Thank you for sharing this story, Charlie.
My Brother, Strong Ink filled with great memories. A dog, fishing and a day of companionship. Doesn’t get ant better than that.