Ok. I'll begin with this one, which is probably my favorite or at least in the top 5.......
When my daughter was 8 years old, I had taken her bowhunting with me in the earlier part of the season when it wasn't so cold. I had a ladder stand set up in an oak that had three trunks coming out of the base so it hid the ladder real well. To make her feel a part of it, I told her that I really needed her there to help me watch, so we'd worked up a signal of hand signals so that she wouldn't have to talk (I had stressed to her the importance of being quiet and not moving). We had signals for deer (both doe and buck), squirrels, coyotes, and turkeys. The drill was that if I saw something, that I'd tap the top of her head (she was sitting on the rung below me), and if she saw something she'd tap my boot.
We stayed out about 3 hours that day, which more than surprised me, because I would have been grateful for even one hour! On the way back to the truck, I told her that I hoped she wasn't too disappointed that we didn't see any deer, to whcih she responded,
"But Dad, I DID see a deer!"
"Where did you see it?", I asked.
"Walking along the fence line at the edge of the woods that bordered the field."
"Why didn't you signal me?"
"I did Dad! I tapped on the top of your boot twice, but you didn't look!"
Sure enough, I was wearing heavy pac boots and didn't feel it, so I had to apologize to her!
So much for me being the "teacher"!!!!
Offer No Apologies.....
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