Who chooses to get muddy, smelly and sweaty on Mother’s Day?
That would be me.
Yes, that is what my Mother’s Day was this year.
And I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
The special morning began with a two-course breakfast in bed, handmade by my kids. Then, the kids generously allowed me to choose whatever activity I wanted to do for the day.
And of all the relaxing things I could have done – including a walk through the beautiful shops and eateries of the quaint town of New Hope or basking in the sun and breeze of a day at the beach – what did I choose?
Fishing, on a lake, in a row boat.
Yes, fishing, and yes, a row boat.
No motor, just manpower (womanpower, I guess I should say).
My choice took us back to a small lake in Coopersburg where we went fishing at last spring. The lake operates as a small family run business, renting out row boats and fishing equipment, and is a great place to relax, spend quality time with family and friends and make lasting memories.
AND WE’RE OFF
So there I was, lifting and pushing a gigantic row boat into the water, so that my kids and I could get on board for a fun-filled adventure on the lake.
Oh, and I forgot to mention the muddy, sludgy dock area that I had to sink my feet into to get the boat in the water.
Needless to say, I was a muddy mess before our day of fishing even started.
But, I was loving every minute of it.
Once we boarded the boat, I couldn’t help but think what the other fishermen thought when they saw me trying to row an enormous boat, on a windy day, with heavy, wooden oars that were not attached to the boat, making it really tricky to maneuver.
A FISH FEAST
But, we finally arrived at the center of the lake and anchored for a relaxing picnic on the boat.
And, finally, it was time to catch fish.
I am proud to say we caught five hefty trout and were able to have them cleaned for us before we left.
It was a plentiful feast that evening, as we ate our fresh catches hot off the grill.
And the perfect day was finished off with a celebratory night of sparklers.
Yes, I may never fully get the smell of fish and sludge off my body, but it is well worth it as the day went down as the best Mother’s Day yet.