Oceans For Emotions: You can come back empty-handed, but full of memories
By Elaine Wheat
Nov. 16, 2012 at 5:16 a.m.
"And God blessed them and said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fowl of the air and every living thing that moveth on the Earth."
- Genesis 1:28
My sister grew up to be a hunter, and I grew up to fisherwoman. My sister, Jo, and I were having a sisterly talk, argument, fight and then back to discussing which one was the better sportswoman. She the hunter of deer or me the fisher of fish? I will let the reader decide for themselves who they think won the sportswoman award.
Here is a list of the things that define a hunter and a fisherman:
Jo: Deer have favorite places.
Elaine: So do fish. And we don't have to put feed out to get them to go there.
Jo: The weather has to be right for deer to come out.
Elaine: The weather has to be right for fish to bite.
Jo: Hunting requires a lot of equipment.
Elaine: Fishing does, too.
Jo: Hunting requires a lot of patience. You have to sit and wait.
Elaine: Fishing requires patience, also.
Jo: Dress for the weather.
Elaine: Same here; always wear layers.
Jo: Deer hunters have to clean and cook their deer.
Elaine: I have to clean and cook fish, since I don't like sushi.
Jo: When hunting, you have time to sit and think.
Elaine: If I have time to sit and think, it is not a good day fishing.
Jo: Hunters appreciate nature.
Elaine: I appreciate the ocean. God must have appreciated it, too, since he covered the earth with 70 percent ocean.
Jo and Elaine agree on one thing: Even though we both may come home empty-handed, our hearts are full of memories that keep each of us going back - she to hunting and me to fishing.
Dear Lord, thank you for making us sisters so alike and so different. We know we both are good sportswomen because we can argue and still be good sports about it. Love never faileth.