The Greatest Father’s Day Gift

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Father’s Day, 1998.

Some dads golf. Some fathers grill out. But my dad and grandpa spent every Father’s Day out on the lake.

This particular Father’s Day, my oldest boy Jarred and I were also fishing from our own boat.

We had already landed a couple of muskies, a bass, and a walleye when I noticed Dad and Grandpa’s boat veering out onto the lake.

We knew they had a sucker out, so we assumed they were following a muskie.

Jarred and I slowly, quietly followed from a distance.

Sure enough, they had found a muskie... and my dad had the rod.

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Now, Grandpa fished every single day, but my dad was busy working every day, so he rarely fished.

It was quite a sight. My 89-year-old grandpa coaching my sixty-something dad on how to follow the muskie, watch the bobber, and set the hook.

Grandpa was a pretty good coach... because Dad got the fish.

That was a good day.

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We didn’t know it at the time, but that was the last Father’s Day with Grandpa. It was the final time that four generations would be out on the water fishing together.

I snapped a few Polaroids of Dad and Grandpa out in that old blue Lund boat.

That boat became my dad’s and, eventually, it was handed down to me.

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Looking back... that was the greatest Father’s Day gift I ever received. And I’m not talking about the boat.

Happy Father’s Day, neighbor.

Take care. Take good care.

P.S. - Here’s the Muskie my son Jarred caught that day.

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