I met some former high school classmates on Lake Eufaula last week.
It was a friend’s 50th birthday celebration. His wife invited me and another buddy and our families to the lake to surprise him.
We used to camp together once a year on Lake Eufaula before our lives became too busy with careers and families.
In our bachelor days, we would fish for crappie and chase sand bass across the lake. We had intentions last week to relive the good ole’ days.
Instead, the crazy Oklahoma weather interrupted the plans for these great fishermen.
Fortunately, the house that my buddy’s wife had rented on Lake Eufaula had a covered and lighted dock behind it.
So we bought a bucket of minnows and let my friend’s three small children fish around the dock.
My daughters were too busy with school to make the trip. Now I wish they had.
I’ve never seen three kids have more fun. None had much experience fishing before, but they slayed the crappie and wanted to wet a hook every minute of the trip.
After two nights of fishing, they had a basketful of crappie and bucketful of memories.
Watching them reminded me that you don’t need to spend a bunch of money to make kids happy.
I think parents put too much pressure on themselves to please their children, myself included.
All they really need are fishing poles, bobbers, a bait bucket of minnows and a crappie hole.
Who needs Disneyland?