Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Rent Huck Finn + Going Fishing = Kids OFF The Couch

What is more symbolic of summer than a barefoot child and a fishing rod? Even if your kids have never put worms on a hook (or aren't likely to wait patiently for a bite), the kicked-back mood of the angler is contagious now that the end of school is in sight. To get ready for the relaxation and recreation we all crave this time of year, we turned to a 1993 adaptation of Mark Twain's great American novel, The Adventures of Huck Finn, starring Elijah Wood and Courtney B. Vance. The lazy journey of Huck and Jim down the Mississippi is a classic metaphor for a boy's racial coming of age, and our kids caught the film's message about slavery and racism, even though it is presented very subtly in this PG-rated Disney film. Our kids are always happy to cast a line over a river or a bay, and have learned (from experience, believe us) that the process is often - necessarily - more important than the product! Whether you send them out with Dad on Father's Day this year, or pick up a few rods to use on a lazy day sometime later this summer, we can promise that baiting and casting and waiting will bring you peace of mind.

Click here for detailed fishing tips and a description of the basic items you'll need to get started.