My ideas for this column come to me in many ways. Some topics are born as I witness some occurrence from nature like geese migrating, owls hooting, or leaves falling. Other inspirations come from friends and colleagues that bring a particular subject to me for consideration.
The cliché, patience is a virtue, has more merit than you realize. This is especially true in regard to our hunting and fishing endeavors. Our human nature typically manifests itself into wanting something or everything not in due time but now.
Acorn production in the Mississippi Delta, at least in our region, was slim to none this year. When we were busy preparing food plots we assumed the vast array of Quercus that inhabit our swamps and ridges would provide a food source for the many species of wildlife throughout the winter. We were wrong in this assumption.
The kid in me just will not go away. As far as I am concerned, this is a good thing. I can’t stop thinking about our most recent snow. I think I am just excited about receiving the fluffy stuff now as I was when I was in grade school. I had more to gain then for a day of snow meant a day less of school, if it fell at the right time.
Traditions run deep in my family. For many years, the day after Thanksgiving was the day our homes were decorated and prepared for Christmas. My mom was a fanatic when it came to decorating for all occasions but the Christmas season was always her favorite.
I am quite certain at this exact moment wonderful aromas from your homes and kitchens are drifting downwind through your quiet streets and quaint neighborhoods.
We are in the midst of what I consider to be the best time of the year. Of course if you know me, you will immediately associate my statement of “the time of year” having totally to do with hunting season. I freely admit this has something to do with it, but I assure you, only in part.
Is your glass half full or half empty? When you opened your eyes this morning did you welcome the sunlight that found its way through your blinds and drapes or did you dread what the day was to bring? Are you, for the most part, an optimist or a pessimist?