Monday, November 8, 2010
I have always believed that it is important to introduce my children to a wide range of experiences to help them develop emotionally, socially and creatively. I also believe it is important to show interest in the things that they enjoy and find important, you never know, you may also learn something from them too. I have introduced fishing, hiking, kayaking and general outdoor activities to Isabella and she has me involved in coloring, singing and make-believe. It has been fun for all of us. However, I'm surprised by Bella every so often when she takes interest in something I would not suspect a 4 1/2 year to even notice. Last week I was tying some flies (sakasa kebari to be precise) when she asked if she could do it too. I had to explain to her that unfortunately she couldn't because of the hooks being too sharp for little hands but she still wanted to help. So I laid out a few colors of thread, hackle, and other materials and told her that she could pick whatever she wanted and I would tie it up for her. The "Isabella" above was the design she settled on. I must say, its not quite the color combo I would have picked but it is now one of my favorites because it was thought up by my "little girl." If it catches a few bluegills all the better. I thinking that maybe we'll try this again in the near future. If her flies don't catch a single fish it won't matter, the time with her will have been all that mattered and no fish could top that.