and so it is, for us aging family men
Harvey and Steven:
It looks like April and May could see spells of storms and cold yet stall the run-off. That is good. I got myself in this soccer trap and will certainly be glad when the season ends. Glad you're wise early on Mike, and this lesson offers to you Steven. Sure it may seem selfish of us. Sure we could consider that kids develop their on interests and we shouldn't be forcing them to be something. However ... who is the parent? Who has age and wisdom? Who is knowledgable that society is pretty errant in it's values? Most kids will diddle with school sports only because their parents don't want to spend time with them and team sports are sort of an inherant baby-sitter mechanism. Most kids will become fat, lazy, coach potatoes soon after high school. Most adults achieve nothing more than an ambition to shop, idolizing materialistic possessions, and then hope medical science can treat their failing health as a measure of having enjoyed increasing longevity of life these days. What crap! Instead of possessions and expecting medical science to be the goal, why not expect a life long healthy lifestyle and experiencing life to be our pursuit? Like Mike said, there are no 80 year olds staying active with soccer. However, I see them skiing, rafting, and riding their bikes still! Okay, so what about succeeding in a career as a soccer, football, baseball, tennis, golf, etc. player? What about earning educations on free-ride athletic scholarships? Sure I don't see any doing it in kayaking, biking, or skiing. Hey this debate can go on and on. Bottom line: my daughters, as most will, are likely to grow up interested in some employment, as well as raising a family. Enjoying my children and teaching them family values is a greater desire for me than catering to any pursuit for their hopeful notarity in short-lived sports fame. Whew! Next.
Steven, congrats on being blessed with your daughters. I know they require you to contemplate your time and risk taking. Respectfully you may never attain the goal of all 158 now. You might never have anyway. No worries mate. I would root for you if you could, though. Instead, maybe I'll make that goal yet. Fortunately, I've lasted this long. I too have lost my old paddling buds: Todd Hebblewhite, Tom Nofzinger, and Paul Zerklebach. There was something truly unique about those guys and I was blessed with many incredible adventures with them that live strong in my desire for life today. I have had my share of fortunate survivals. Thankfully, I am more respectful as a result. Still, the will to explore and experience life drives on. Though beyond my physical prime because of age, I think and hope I can still achieve anything worthy in life. Though it sounds foolish, I have been one in the past, and will most likely continue, to show up for the adventure even if solo. My first "no portage" decent of Bailey was solo. I've lapped the UTB (where I have traditionally begun most seasons) for a weekend solo. I'm often solo on Pine Creek and the Numbers. I've started day one of the season running the last mile of the Pueblo (admittingly fortunate to live to tell of it) or the Embudo. All in all, I guess my point is "Don't stop reaching, bro." You and many others on the Buzz sound like great men. Harvey's a great example of a great man and father, too. I just know too many that gave up life as they aged. I just pray that everyone enjoys an awesomely great year. The winter was excellent and I'm looking forward to fun on the rivers. Cheers to all the fathers that are raising families, being loving to their wives, and sharing the adventures of experiencing HIS creation. Let's boat!