Tom Sawyer Fishin’

Everyone has stories from the old neighborhood, and this is one of mine. I grew up in the ‘60s on the eastside of Detroit. During some of my previous articles, I have provided some details about that time in my life. While ours wasn’t necessarily a Leave it to Beaver existence, we definitely had our moments.

The other day, I heard Tom Sawyer by Rush. For some reason, that led me to think about my fishin’ days in the ‘hood. Nope, I didn’t live on the Detroit River. Far from it. However, every now and again, my friends and I would be inspired to do a little fishin’. From where we lived on the eastside of Detroit, Lake St. Clair was a mere four miles away. A quick trip by car, but when you’re pedaling a bike with 24” wheels and a fishing pole, it could be a challenging ride.

On fishing days, we would get up at the crack of dawn and hit the road. Sometimes we would camp out the night before, so we could get an even earlier start. Our moms would pack us some lunches, happy to be rid of us for the better part of a day. We’d stopover by the Grosse Pointe Farms Waterworks building. Where we would have our brunch parked on the lawn. We’d finish up our day with some half-hearted fishing in Lake St. Clair.

Nobody ever caught anything, but that didn’t matter. It was all just part of the experience. An adventure shared among friends. After about an hour or so of drowning worms, we’d pack up our gear and head back home. I’m not sure if my childhood friends remember much about those fishing trips. I had forgotten about them completely until Rush kicked in with the first few bars of Tom Sawyer.

These days, there’s no way moms would let their precious little snowflakes ride four miles to go fishing! Not to mention, pedaling another four miles back home. That was one of the joys of being a kid in the ‘60s. You got to have some real adventures. What were some of your childhood exploits? I hope you had a blast! If you didn’t have any adventures, what are you waiting for? You’re not getting any younger!!

Author’s Note: This will be my last article for Become Nostalgic About Today. The time has come for me to pursue other interests. If you are a regular reader of this blog, I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy day to let me share these stories with you. I hope you have enjoyed reading these articles as much as I have enjoyed writing them. I wish you all the very best. Good night and God bless.

Jerry Lambert
Blog Writer

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