Dad's Little Hunter
Ever have one of those moments where everything just feels right? Like all of the crazy fades and life is just perfectly lined up? Tonight was one of those nights for me. I watched my dad coach my daughter, Jordyn, on a hand-me-down bow that I played with when I was a child.
My dad coached me for most of my life. He taught me how to swing a bat, fire a gun, ride a dirt bike, cast a poll, and the list goes on. Honestly, my favorite memories with my dad are the times when he was coaching me. I looked up to him in those moments and I cherished the knowledge he was passing on to me.
I know there are plenty of parents out there that have a hard time relating to their kids. They have different interests, personalities, and sometimes those relationships are hard to feed. Luckily, for my dad and I, we had the softball field and the great outdoors. It’s funny, when I look at the pictures of my dad helping my daughter shoot, it’s looks a whole lot like the dad I had coaching me as I rounded third base.
Our relationship was special because he included me in the adventures. I went on the hunting trips, even before I was old enough to hunt. I just hiked along side of him and ate my trail mix. I remember following a blood trail of a muley buck that my dad shot, while he was taking a pee break! Why do the deer always step out when you’re least prepared? And I remember shooting my first buck right of my dad’s shoulder because I didn’t have any other rest. There was so much adrenaline pumping, you couldn’t even hear the shot. When I think back on the countless memories I have, I can’t help but smile.
I am so blessed that I married a man who, like my father, loves spending time with his family outdoors. I look forward to creating lasting memories with our own kids in the years ahead. But watching my dad coach Jordyn with that bow tonight, felt a whole lot like he was coaching me. Hunting is more than harvesting an animal. Yes, we all love to fill our tag, but it’s the time spent and the memories made that make it so special.