This weekend Linda is busy on facebook on her tablet and she says hey so and so has posted a comment you would like.....
The comment was "Money does not buy happiness but it does by flyfishing tackle which is just about the same thing" and a picture of this person in fishing gear catching trout.
Well it turns out the son of one of my long time friends in South Africa was the poster. I don't really do facebook so I asked Linda to reply to him and tell him how he made my day. Then I wrote his mother who I still keep in touch with and told her she should be really proud of how he turned out and how delighted it made me to see the next gen getting into the sport and to hear how he has turned out, asked her to pass on his address because since she happens to be from Scotland and I have a book to send him that was given to me in Scotland all about fly fishing on Scottish Rivers and Lochs.
Well this morning I wake to find an email from him with a bunch of pictures that as the old school would say "Warmed the cockles of my heart".
This young man today is a chartered accountant, makes me feel old to think how much time has passed. Well he writes to tell me how he got into the sport and remembers us going out on fishing trips and tells me how he got to fish in Scotland with his grandpa before he passed. He sent me pics of himself in the waters wading and pic of his soon to be fiancÚ he tells me but he also remembers the cool times we had at Guy Fawkes night at my place launching rockets and my model version of the Space Shuttle.
I cannot find the words to describe how cool it was to hear from the guy and I quickly told him to drop the "Uncle bit", feel old enough without being reminded by such salutations. Everyone older than us when growing up was either an uncle or an aunt. LOL
But to hear that he remembered and felt those times fishing with me influence his love for the sport well lets say it was a huge lift to the spirit. He may get an opportunity to come to the US next year on business and I hope if it happens he gets the chance to come to visit. Would be a treat to see him again as the last time I saw him he was around 12 years old. That would be cause for serious fishing trip even if its winter. He aint ever been ice fishing.
He ties his own flies too and is going to send me a box of flies that he has tied as a gift.
Thanks to Facebook for making this possible just wanted to share the good news.