Fishing With My Daughter

  • Benedict Cosgrove

An essay on fatherhood, memory, and the rewards of "staying open to the rhythms of the natural world."

"From the moment she put a line in the water, Catie was learning to appreciate the pleasures (and weather the frustrations) of the most meditative of outdoor endeavors. Unbidden, she practices patience as others practice the piano. Every time we fish she engages in a ritual that deepens her love of the sea, rivers, lakes, clean air and that singular fellowship that endures among anglers of all ages, races, genders and — even today — politics."