So, the internet has been down all day and night at the home and church. Which is annoying since I do a lot of work using the internet to get Bible commentaries, theological journals, blogs, and just any ideas that I need to prepare for Sunday worship. But it’s not bad, luckily, I do have a ton of books and commentaries I can use at the church, it just takes a bit more time, but also totally not a big deal. However, what is a big deal is the fact that most of the internet usage in the house and possibly at the church is for entertainment for the kids. I know that sound horrible, that the internet takes care of the kids. But I need that in order to get most of my work done with little distractions from the little ones. Especially when Eunkyung is working 12 hour shifts at the hospital.
So, I pretty much lost my babysitter for the entire day. And the entire day I was dreading what to do with the kids without the internet entertaining them! I was seriously nervous picking up Ben and Norah after school thinking, I don’t know what to do when they played with the toys, role playing, playing shopping, and whatever idea they have in their big heads!
As usual, the kids come home and they immediately told me they are bored, right when they entered the door. My nightmare is coming true! I asked them to play with their hundreds of toys, but they didn’t want to. (makes me wonder why I bought all those dang little toys when they get bored with them overnight. So, I said lets play in the backyard? Nope… not that either. Then I said, what if we went fishing? And they first said no because they were tired of catching the same ol’ bluegills and green sunfish or trout. So I asked them what if we tried something different. What is you tried to use artificial baits, like daddy and try to see if you can catch a largemouth bass. They seemed to like the challenge. And I told them that if they can beat me in numbers of fish caught, I would buy them whatever they want for dinner and get them a new toy.
Game on. I took them to the tough and pressured Canoe Creek. I set them both up with a hook and plastic worm, and instructed them, to make a cast parallel to the bank, pointing out noticeable drop-offs. They went to work, and so did I. I figured I should win this easily. Canoe Creek can humble you. You may not catch 10 bass like in other places, but I know the tricks to conquering Canoe Creek. So I thought! Norah amazingly struck first blood. I looked back at her and I see her pulling on her fishing pole straight up with the fishing pole bent over. She was reeling frantically. I dropped my stuff and starting running towards her. I held her pole so she can reel up the line as fast as she can. However, the fish gave a nice little jump and spit the hook out. But she was totally hooked in getting a second chance. I encouraged her to do exactly what she did the first time. She worked this plastic worm like a pro. Making long casts and just working it slowly back to her. Letting it settle at the bottom, waiting ten seconds, and then twitching the rod very slightly, then reeling the slack line. Soon enough she got her second chance. She saw her line jump and she reeled until her line was tight and set the hook on the fish as if she was the great pro bass fisherman, Jimmy Houston. This time the fish didn’t get away. She reeled it in and got a nice 1.5 lb largemouth bass. She immediately casts in the same area a few more times and then hooks into another. She muscled it in towards the bank, and it was bigger than her last one. 1.75lb largie. We spent about two hours, and she got 2 largemouth bass and I ended up with one, and mine probably was only about a pound, not worth weighing. I took the loss that day. But I am glad I lost to my 7 year old daughter. Even Ben got a couple of bites, but we were too late in setting the hook.
Best fish story so far! I am so thankful that the internet was down. I was however, hoping that the internet would be up and running when we came home, but no luck! I complained to Judy Pursley and the kids reminded me that I lost today and that I owe them dinner and a prize. So it was McDonalds and Taco Bell and some sort of weird little toys that will probably lose it’s meaning tomorrow or will get lost in the house or end up lodged in my foot when I stumble downstairs in the middle of the night trying to get a glass of water.
But the point is when the world gives you lemons, make lemonade. Yesterday, Norah and Ben learned how to fish using artificial lures and conquered Canoe Creek State Park, not to mention catch more fish and bigger fish than daddy. I am so dang proud of them. I am happy that God shut down the boring internet and gave us this day.
But seriously… breeze-line internet service, if you are reading this, I need the internet tomorrow… for real! And God if you care about what will happen in worship this upcoming Sunday, lets get this internet to work. Maybe God is telling me to go to the local library to finish my work. Also God, next time I go fishing with the kids, let me win, I’m way to competitive when it comes to fishing, that’s really the only thing that I can have a big ego over!
**I wrote this article last week, that was when I was having internet troubles, all is good now**
Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).