After years of alcohol and absence, Dad tried making amends by turning us into fishermen.
He’d wake us early on Saturday. The stream was an hour of erratic mountain road away, guaranteed to make me car sick. We’d park before first light, unload the gear, and hike to “our spot.” If we were lucky, we only had to suffer a chilly drizzle instead of the usual downpour. Dad was quickly lost in the zone. We’d run and laugh, throwing rocks into the silent, inviting creek.
“Knock it off! This is serious business. Shut up, stay put, fish.”
I still hate fishing.