Friday, 8 April 2011
Friday Wonder Ponder #4
It's Friday, Friday gettin' down on Friday - everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend, weekend...
I love that song.
And speaking of the things we love: I've always found it fascinating to discover people's passions. More so, when they were a child. When I was a kid, I loved watching Thundercats and playing Super Mario on Nintendo - still do! But my most favorite thing of all time was catching and raising river fish.
Mom and Dad had a plot of land with a farm-esq quality about it: lush Pomerac (Mountain apple, Malay apple) trees grew on almost every inch; green grass as far as the eye can see; and we had chickens, goats, dogs, cats, wild opossums, a cow and a very creepy brown owl that lived in the roof. Another feature was the river that sat just below our backyard (yes, we had our own private river - cool, huh?). Everyday, me and my best friend Whitney would take old tin cans, tie a string around the mouth and place crumbs of bread inside. We would then place it in the water to set and when the fish came for the bait...WHAKA! Twenty or so fishies with bodies as colorful as a rainbow.
Ah yes...to be young and full of fun.
Of course we caught catfish, eels and coral snakes, too - yes we knew they were HIGHLY poisonous, and, no, we were never bitten - but those were seldom and required a lot of waiting and setting to get them; thing is: they are not only big, but very aggressive - and they can leap really high.
I miss that river. To this very day I still think about fishing. I quite enjoyed it and I'd rather do that than go mountain biking, playing rugby, ATV racing, hiking and partying anyday!
So, today I want you to share some childhood memories. What were the things you loved to do as a kid?