Fishing with my Grandfather
I’ve invoked Jonathan Carroll’s name at Wisdom and Life often. He is one spectacular writer. In The Ghost in Love, there is a scene where Ben Gould, the protagonist of the story visits himself at earlier times in his life. The scene that is most memorable is one where Ben witnesses himself as a young boy on a swingset. So what does this have to do with fishing with my grandfather?
I’ve also written at Wisdom and Life about going back in time. With this column today, I’m asking if you could travel back to a previous experience in your life and interact with the experience, where would you want to go and why? Now mind you, you can’t attempt to change anything, because as you know from reading the previous link about going back in time, any change you make, big or small will send your life in a completely different trajectory.
With that being said, as a bridge to last week’s column:
Don’t Take Time For Granted
where would you like to go?
I’d choose fishing with my grandfather at Blissville Pond in Lisbon, Connecticut. It’s one memory I love, and sitting with a fishing pole in my hand at Blissville Pond is where I go when I meditate. It’s my safe place. As my long time readers understand, my maternal grandparents have been important in making me who I am. As an example:
My grandfather was ostensibly the only routine male in my life who I identified with as a young boy.
My grandfather bought me my first camera.
My grandfather taught me to fish as can be seen from this column.
I spent so much time fishing at Blissville Pond growing up, sometimes with my grandfather, sometimes on my own. As I’ve written at Wisdom and Life many times over, I felt so fortunate to grow up on Graham Terrace in Lisbon, Connecticut.
My best friend, Joe lived just down the street.
I could walk to Blissville Pond.
I wouldn’t trade growing up there for a thing.
It’s why Blissville Pond holds such magic for me and it’s why that’s the one experience I’d like to eavesdrop on now as an adult. I’d love to interact with myself as a young boy with my grandfather.
Where would you like to go?
Be Happy! Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.
Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;
We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying. For there truly is no end.