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He was nearly fifty years my senior. I was a young boy of about 10. My brothers were all "brainiacs", but I loved the outdoors. He was actually my great uncle and had quite a reputation in his day. My "uncle" saw something in me that caused him to realize that I needed a friend with the same interests, and so I became his responsibility to teach about "the great outdoors".
The stories that I could tell about the adventures that he and I had would fill a book! The laughter, the trials, the teaching, and the adventure still fill my mind to this day some 50 years later. The gift that he gave me cannot be measured with money, and now it is time that I pass it onto my five grandsons.
The day that my great uncle died was a difficult day. I remember taking the rifle he gave me, pulling up to our favorite hunting spot and just sitting there crying. Few deaths have moved me like his. He was my great uncle, my mentor, my hunting partner, my biggest fan, but most of all.........he was my friend.
I think that as a nation we have "dropped the ball", so to speak, by not taking time to pass along the lessons of life which will follow the next generation further than most of their classroom learning.
 

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He was nearly fifty years my senior. I was a young boy of about 10. My brothers were all "brainiacs", but I loved the outdoors. He was actually my great uncle and had quite a reputation in his day. My "uncle" saw something in me that caused him to realize that I needed a friend with the same interests, and so I became his responsibility to teach about "the great outdoors".
The stories that I could tell about the adventures that he and I had would fill a book! The laughter, the trials, the teaching, and the adventure still fill my mind to this day some 50 years later. The gift that he gave me cannot be measured with money, and now it is time that I pass it onto my five grandsons.
The day that my great uncle died was a difficult day. I remember taking the rifle he gave me, pulling up to our favorite hunting spot and just sitting there crying. Few deaths have moved me like his. He was my great uncle, my mentor, my hunting partner, my biggest fan, but most of all.........he was my friend.
I think that as a nation we have "dropped the ball", so to speak, by not taking time to pass along the lessons of life which will follow the next generation further than most of their classroom learning.
The problem is, it seems no one these days wants that knowledge.
I am trying to teach my grandson who is now 26 but it seems he has his life to live and not much time for learning. So sad!
 

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I think that as a nation we have "dropped the ball", so to speak, by not taking time to pass along the lessons of life which will follow the next generation further than most of their classroom learning.
Sadly I must concur with this statement.
 

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MY grampa and and my Uncle Doug were my greatest influences. My grampa being by the book and also a bit of joker as well, Grampa or "gweeks " as we called him was 100% honest while lying trough his teeth every story was 75% fact and 25% bunk hard part was telling which was which. Uncle Doug also my god father and my mother brother was a partier, he was big fella just picture John Candy with a goatee the bigger then life personality. he fought golden gloves in college and knocked me out a few times. These men taught me my love of the outdoors. Both are gone and miss them greatly Doug passed the day after I Found out I was gonna be a dad for the first time and never got to tell him. We often dont realize the impact we have on others. My nephew (youngest sisters kid) never had a good Life my sister loves her kids and would bring death upon you if you hurt them but was never a mom, Me and my mother basically raised him and his sister. when he was 14 he went to live with gramma where today with 2 kids he still lives. last year we went on a overnite kayak fishing trip down the river (my first time kayaking). as we sat around the fire cooking our catch he said. "Im glad you are in my life all this is because of you, you taught me to fish, hunt, love the outdoors, I learned to play guitar because of you, you made me a man" I said " Nope, I just gave you the ingredients the rest was up to you". He lives in a 30" camper trailer with his 2 kids ( 5&7) because his grampa is dying and decided he needed to be there to help. He said he got these values from me and I intern got them from my grampa and uncle , MY musical interest came from Uncle Doug who was in a blues/jazz band.
 
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