Our son turned five this week and to celebrate we bought him the most expensive present we’ve ever given him. It may be the most expensive gift he’ll get until his high school graduation. We’re not very nice parents.
We got him his lifetime fishing and hunting license.
We did the same for our daughter when she turned five.
No, we have no guarantee that either of them will want to hunt or fish for a lifetime. We have no guarantee they’ll even do it long enough to break even on the cost of the license. We’re okay with that ambiguity. I feel like it’s the duty of a parent to offer as many open doors as possible and let the child shut them one by one as interest dictates. In this case, we are opening a door, a big door, to the outdoors. It’s theirs to do with what they will.
By handing our kids these cards, we are telling them that this is something we think is important. We think being outside is important. We think knowing how to access your own food is important. We think being safe, respectful and legal about outdoor activity is important. Now they each have a card, with their name on it, ensuring that they know where we stand on this. Wherever they go, wherever they live, they are part of the Maine outdoors.
Is it expensive? Yes. But I spent more money on dance lessons for my daughter when she was convinced she wanted to be a ballerina and that dream was discarded before age six.
I feel like this is money better spent. Even if the outfits aren’t as pretty.
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