Take a kid fishing.
How many of us have heard that before? It’s important, no doubt. But how about take a parent fishing?
That’s an advertising campaign I’ve never heard of, but the message is just as important.
A friend of mine, Alan McGuckin of Skiatook, recently emailed me some photos of his parents and their recent fishing trip together on Skiatook Lake.
Ken and Carole McGuckin visit Oklahoma three times a year, driving the 18 hours and 1,018 miles from their home in Beaver County, Pa., to Skiatook Lake to see their son.
Ken, 71, and Carole, 73, love to fish but rarely get the chance unless it’s with Alan, who left their Pennsylvania home years ago to attend the University of Oklahoma and stayed in the Sooner state because the fishing is so good.
The family just spent three days around Easter having a blast on Skiatook Lake, boating some nice striped bass hybrids, with mom catching 4-pounders with night crawlers and a bobber.
“They told me it was one of their best visits ever — and the ‘catching’ was a huge part of that,” Alan said.
Alan is smart enough to cherish these times with his parents. His friends whose parents are already gone constantly remind him how important it is.
So take a parent fishing, while you still can.