Fishing with Lou

20 Dec

Calm waters, bonding time, thrill of the pull. Yeah, I have no interest in fishing. Seriously.
My Uncle Lou passed away when I was 10. Unfortunately, I only have vague memories of him. My uncle fought in World War II, marched in the Mummers Parade, and was a September call up for the Philadelphia A’s.
Uncle Lou was the type of uncle that would buy you ice cream even though you were about to go home and eat dinner. He was the uncle who would come to your baseball games. He was the uncle who would make every trip seem interesting.
And he was the fisherman of the family. My father could get sea sick during a long bath. So, if my brothers or I were to go fishing, it would be because Uncle Lou took us. However, the majority of the fishing trips were for my two oldest brothers. I was too young or at least that is what I was told.
One day my next older brother, NG (by two years) and I were playing with our new fishing rods that Uncle Lou bought for us. It was a particularly slow summer day. NG and I stood next to each other in front of our house. We were in competition as brothers always are. The goal was to see who could cast their line further. I don’t remember who won, but I do remember it made me want to go fishing.
Eventually, Uncle Lou decided that NG & I were old enough to go fishing. And I caught a fish. Well, sort of. I had a bite on my line and pulled it in under Uncle Lou’s tutelage. I was excited and dreamed of telling my older brothers about my big catch. So after a moment, the fish became visible – barely. The fish was no more than six ounces and three inches and bloodied from the fight with my line. The pathetic thing eventually fell off my line – becoming lunch for some other sea animal.
Shortly, thereafter Uncle Lou called it a day. The fish weren’t biting, and the weather was ominous. We stopped at a diner on the way home. Uncle Lou congratulated me on my near catch and told NG he would do better next time.
Unfortunately, there was no next time with Uncle Lou. He died rather suddenly leaving everyone sad. He was one of the good ones.
Anyway my next and last fishing trip was just an excuse to drink beer with a couple of friends. Oh well.

This was a semi-elaborate way of saying I am taking a break from blogging. You know like they say – I’m gone fishing. I don’t where that term comes from. I’m sure I cold Google it, and I just might eventually. Anyway, I won’t be posting for the next week to 10 days. I need a break. I just might pop on WordPress and make some comments, and I might not. The lack of commitment. I am a guy you know.
Lastly, I want to wish Happy Holidays to all of you who will be celebrating Christmas next week. May it be a wonderful, peaceful, and joyous holiday.


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47 responses to “Fishing with Lou

  1. Ellie at Emerald Pie

    December 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Enjoy your break. We all need some “me” time occasionaly. We’ll be here waiting when you get back!

  2. now at home mom

    December 21, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Happy break! 🙂 Hope you will relax and enjoy time with your family! 🙂

  3. Raani York

    December 21, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Take care – take time for yourself. I am going to get a break too. It’s necessary if work needs to get done properly! Happy Holiday.

    • memyselfandkids

      December 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks and you enjoy the break/holiday as well.

  4. mrsjuliana

    December 21, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Happy Holidays! Enjoy your days! 🙂

  5. wonderlandbytatu

    December 21, 2012 at 5:56 am

    enjoy the break with your loved ones. But be back, whenever. Merry Christmas!

  6. Eleenie

    December 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Enjoy the break, a very happy Christmas to you and your family 🙂

  7. chrissyg22

    December 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Happy Holidays to you and all of your family. Enjoy and cherish, wishing you all the best! Cheers to a newyear full of Peace, health, love and prosperity to all!

  8. Joyce

    December 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Best to you on your other writing! I hope you enjoy your break.

    • memyselfandkids

      December 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks. I am making efforts there and hope to see good things.
      Enjoy the holiday season.

  9. linneann

    December 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you for the holiday wishes, MMK. Funny, I’m feeling very much like you, only I’m thinking of a longer “fishing trip.” Relax and enjoy your time away.

    • memyselfandkids

      December 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      I will enjoy the time away. I hope to do some other writing and take some space.
      In terms of you getting away, do what you have to do. The blog is supposed to be a want to and not a have to. Sometimes it does not feel that way.

  10. Did That Just Happen?

    December 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Mr. T and I go fishing pretty often, it helps we have a lake a few minutes away. I love to fish (Okay, I love to cast my line, I don’t know what I’ll do if I ever actually caught one of those things!). Enjoy the break, but Ack! I’ll miss your blogs! Happy Hanukkah! I’m not-very-patiently awaiting Christmas, I’ll put up with my family in exchange for presents!

    • memyselfandkids

      December 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      In theory, I’d like fishing but I never got into it.
      Funny what you say about the holiday. A real family person! I hope the presents are worth it.
      Thanks for missing the blog – good for my ego.

  11. my27stars

    December 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Enjoy some down time with your family. 🙂

  12. MBB

    December 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I read all of your blogs but haven’t made a comment in quite a while. But I couldn’t let this one go by without making one. Uncle Lou was certainly “one of the good guys”. Some of my best childhood memories are of fishing with uncle Lou or being with him on other excursions. Thanks for the reminder!

    • memyselfandkids

      December 23, 2012 at 12:40 am

      Thanks big brother. You are lucky to have spent so much time with him.

  13. motherhoodisanart

    December 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Love the story about your Uncle! Enjoy your break and Happy Hanukkah to you and your family!

  14. insanityofmotherhood

    December 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Enjoy a much deserved break. A wonderful way to lead into a the break with such a touching story. Have a wonderful holiday!

    • memyselfandkids

      December 23, 2012 at 12:42 am

      Thanks alot – I am looking forward to the break.

  15. brendayoder

    December 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    You’re doing the most important thing, which is spending time with your family and kids, and enjoying the holidays. Blessings to you this holiday.

  16. ateachablemom

    December 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Enjoy your time off! I know I have! Happy, happy new year, my friend!

    • memyselfandkids

      December 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks. Glad to hear you are enjoying your time.
      Did you get the email I sent about Tropper?

  17. Te'ena

    December 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Will miss your posts! But, there is a time for everything… Enjoy your break! Make the most of every day! 🙂

  18. elskenewman

    December 27, 2012 at 7:55 am

    We all need a break sometimes, enjoy!

  19. Nancy

    December 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I just realized in reading your post today (I’m a little behind on my reading) that I posted my last post on the 20th as well. I had no intention of taking a break, but every time I sit down to write, I just don’t want to. I guess I needed a break, too. Maybe we’ll get back at it in the new year. All the best to you and your family for a safe, happy, and healthy 2013!

    • memyselfandkids

      December 31, 2012 at 1:05 am

      The break has been good. I have still popped on and commented on some blogs. However, blog writing has been off limits though ideas have come up. I hope it will be a positive when I start up again.
      Thanks for the New Year wishes and the same to you and your family.

  20. patgarcia

    January 7, 2013 at 11:52 am

    It is so good to be able to recognize when you need a break and then take it. I congratulate you. I have just read your first blog since the break, (before I read this one) and I can say your break did you good.
    I have made it a habit the past few months to not go on computer on Sundays unless I have to, and I do mean have to. That means it is an all out emergency. When I go in my office on Mondays, I take my time, and enter into the week slowly, and I make a habit now of using Wednesdays as the day when I go into my office around 11 am or noontime and I feel so much better.

    We as writers need time to shut down. We need to rest. If we don’t, we dry out.

    So, congratulations on doing the right thing.


    • memyselfandkids

      January 7, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      That’s great that ou stick to that schedule. Taking a break refreshes both mentally and physically. I have a hard time turning off but I need to follow your advice.


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