By age nine, I would delicately,
with my right hand, fold down the sharp fins of a Sunfish.
So I could use my left hand to insert the rusty pliars into the gasping mouth of my catch to retrieve the swallowed hook.
If I was lucky.
If I wasn't lucky, I'd stare at my motionless bobber for hours.
*Some backstory: My older brother (third of eight) allowed me to fish with him if I did whatever he said, and didn't cry. He was SERIOUS about fishing. I had glasses and greasy blonde hair.
**Some backstory about the backstory: My brother was born in September, and I was already a sprouted seed in our Mom's belly by the next Summer.
Why doesn't he ever tell me to get the rusty pliars??
He just tells me to "hang in there."
Oh, back to my Mom... She has 22 grandkids. This is her with the latest:
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!