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Someone’s going fishing

It was after 10pm and my husband and I had just gotten the three boys into bed. Summer it seemed had its own schedule which was basically no schedule.

I went into my 9 year-old son’s room to say goodnight but instead of a sleepy hug, he greeted me with a firm directive.

“I’m not going to camp tomorrow.”

It was not unusual for any of my three boys to randomly request a day off but usually it was more of a plea than a demand. I sighed. I wasn’t in the mood for negotiations. I really wanted to be downstairs watching Breaking Bad. My husband and I were in the final 3 episodes.

“Really?” I questioned. I was pretty adept at sidestepping this appeal and sending them on their merry way. They had a limited camp schedule to begin with, and I had no intention of losing a day to myself for no good reason. “Why?”

“It’s the fishing trip. I don’t want to go.”

“Why?” I asked again, searching for more.

“It’s boring.” He answered, but his tone was already exasperated.

“But you’ve never gone on a fishing trip. A lot of your friends love it. You might too.” I thought it was a reasonable argument, but I should know better than to reason with my middle son, especially after a long day.

“I don’t care what anyone else likes!” He yelled, sounding on the verge of tears. Then he flipped over in his bed to face the wall and ordered me out. I had lost him.

But instead of leaving him be as I should, I pressed on, hoping to draw him out.

“Is there a reason you don’t want to go fishing?”

“I just don’t want to!”

Feeling like there must be more to his adamant refusal, I continued casting questions aimlessly about to my exhausted, stubborn child, who I couldn’t even convince earlier on to try a cupcake I baked.

“Are you afraid of the water? Do you not want to touch fish? Or bait? Did something happen at camp today that upset you?”

“I don’t want to go!” He cried.

I stood there in the silent aftermath, staring at his back, considering my next move.

“But if…”

“Just go!” He finally yelled.

Annoyed at his tone but more at his unwillingness to share, I left frustrated.

This was my son who wanted to sing, played recorder, piano and was considering drums. He played soccer, tae kwon do, football, baseball, tennis, gaga and of course baseball. This morning he announced that he was also a runner and wanted to do our town’s annual 5 mile Thanksgiving run with me this year.

I just didn’t understand. He was always up for anything.

Except fishing.

I wanted to delve deeper and get to the bottom of things, but I apparently I couldn’t hook him.

Today just wasn’t my day. Maybe tomorrow.

I could wait.

The only fish that's happening around here.

Home fishing


About Ice Scream Mama

Mama to 3 boys, wife to Mr. Baseball and daughter of a sad man. I have a double scoop every day.

13 responses »

  1. I’ve been absent for a while, but your writing is always refreshing to read, even if you didn’t hook him that evening. What ended up happening? I’m on the edge!

    • thanks for checking in! and he stayed home, just refusing for whatever reason. i mean, i can’t blame him, a fishing trip sounds terrible to me. ha! i just think he was being stubborn and wanted a day off. we had a lovely day together, went for sushi and played go fish. 😉

  2. Did you ever find out reason I think ry is going to do trot thanksgiving. Steve and Matt usually do it

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. LOVE your blog!! That exchange could have taken place at my house snyday of the week as a mom to 4 boys under 9!!!
    Whenever I read your posts I don’t feel alone!!

  4. Enjoy the craziness, Mama!

  5. I mean, I’m not so sure I blame him because, fishing. Ew. Did he stay home? Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  6. Hope you all had a couple of scoops!

  7. What’s gaga????? Did you finish breaking bad???

    • gaga is a camp game, i think it’s Israeli dodgeball. You use your feet and you’re in a ring. the kids love it!! and yep, finished bad, it was soooo good! my husband and i are definitely going to go thru withdrawal!! 😉

  8. I’m so impressed that you didn’t press more. I usually find myself digging and digging until we are both frustrated, and usually I don’t get any more info then if I had just waited for him to come to me. Great post! Enjoy your last few weeks of summer!!!! I can’t believe the kids go back in just a few short weeks. Didn’t summer just start?!!!


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