Saturday, June 18 2016 @ 02:08 PM EDT
Contributed by: Bill Thompson
Fathers and Sons
by Bill Thompson
Many years ago, while fishing the Androscoggin, I came across a family fishing near Seven Islands Bridge. An old man was setting in a lawn chair surrounded by several younger men. The young men represented at least three generations; sons, grandchildren and maybe great grandchildren. The old man in the chair was holding a fishing rod and his eyes were focused on a red and white bobber a few feet in front of him on the water. A young woman was standing by and I said hello as I approached her. She returned the greeting and I mentioned that it was nice to see a family out fishing together. “It’s Father’s Day” she said, “and the boys always take Dad out fishing on Father’s Day”. She went on to say that it was a long standing family tradition and this year the whole family had come because they thought it might be the old man’s last time. I wished them a good day and went on my way. I have often wondered if they still carry on the tradition today and if grandpop had managed one more good year.