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A muddy, wonderful mess

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.


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.


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.


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