Norwegian Farmer’s Son…October 18th

October 18th…“WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE BOY IN MINNESOTA, DID YOU AND YOUR DAD HAVE A SPECIAL FATHER AND SON OUTING?”

Prologue:  My hardworking father, Russell, was usually consumed with the rigors of farming and seeing that his family had food on the table each day.  Yet, there was a very special day when work was set aside for some cherished time with me.  We took a fishing trip up the gravel road to the north of our farm to a body of water known as Rice Lake.  Today’s poem describes that special time with my dad.

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Elliott and his father, Russell Noorlun

POEM – “You’d Be Amazed”  by N. Elliott Noorlun

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Old-fashioned fishin’ fun

You’d be amazed, How a bamboo pole,

And time away, That we gladly stole,

From farming’s chores, That steal away,

Those happy day’s hours, That are meant for play.

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Father n son fun!

But on this day, My dad took time,

To spend with me, Which was sublime.

For often, I had, Done some wishin’,

Now here, this day, We’d do some fishin’.

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The bamboo pole was too long to put inside the car.

“Get the pole, my boy, Too long for the car”, 

“This fishing toy, Is long by far!”, 

“You’ll need to grip, That bamboo spar”,

“Outside the window, Of our car!”.

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Rice Lake, where Bullheads “fly” 😉

So down the dusty, Road we flew,

Watch out fish!!, Here comes we two.

Arriving at a lake, That folk called, Rice,

We found a spot, We thought was nice.

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“Come and bite me, if you can!”

Skewered worm, Upon the hook,

Plastic bobber, Where I’d look,

To see if mighty, Bullhead would,

Bite that fish hook, Like he should.

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A Bullhead bit the hook and swallowed that worm!!!

Sure enough, When time was right,

That big ol’ Bullhead, Made his bite.

My dad yelled, “YANK!, And set the hook!”,

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“Got one on!!!”

I did and caused, My pole to crook!,

That bamboo bent, Near 90 degree,

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“DUCK, it’s a fish!!” 😉

Now fish outta water, Flying right at me!,

I ducked, It flew, Right o’er my head,

And hit the ground, But it t’weren’t dead.

It flopped and flipped, All o’er the place,

Till Dad smacked fish, Right in fish face.

Such fun adventures, With Dad that day,

When we ran from work, For a day of play! 😉

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Unlike these two, Elliott, and his farmer father were wearing classic striped bib overalls.  But it’s the joy of the moment that is captured well here in this artist’s rendition of a fun fishing father and son time together.

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