We all have busy lives. It is easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day chores and routine. Then we all complain when we talk to our Parents, Kids and friends: “We never get to see you!”
The reality of life is that quality time is not something that comes automatically. Not that is complicated or difficult. One does however need to take the 5 minutes out of a busy week to actually pick up the phone and call.
I did it the easy way to make sure that Liliane and I could get in some quality time with her girls. Last Christmas, I gave an all expenses paid, guided weekend of fly fishing to one of her girls and her hubby. As things turned out, the others all decided to come along too.
I took care of the menu, reservations and such. We had the gang up for a weekend BBQ and corn roast for some casting lessons. Then last weekend, we met up in Chicoutimi to head down into the Ste-Marguerite River valley for a few days of fishing.
Ann and Julien practicing in our back yard
As they only had salmon licenses, the Sun Fish in the pool had no worries, the flies didn’t have hooks!
A backyard BBQ is also a good time to spend some time with the family
Lisandre with the newest addition to the family – Her ‘lil girl Gabrielle!
The gang was pretty big. Bigger than a group I would ever Guide.
Just getting the rods strung up took a few minutes!
Luckily, we’re set up to handle big groups!
Even more luck! A good friend and fellow Guide just “happened” to be at the camp site
He also took out some of the gang and got Adrian to connect to some nice trout
Adrian found that trout on a fly rod fight pretty well, even compared to commercial fishing for tuna!
Of course, a shore lunch (supper) was in order!
The next day Liliane got into the act too!
This is supposed to be fun and relaxing, so let’s have fun and relax!
Liliane in the #23 pool.
Ian bringing one home for supper
September sea trout – Sunshine, dry flies and Family
So if you find you can’t see the grand kids often enough or if Mom and Dad just seem to always be busy, a few quick phone calls and you could quite possibly set some time aside to get together.
Christopher Chin, Proulxville Quebec