The Making of a Man
What makes a man?
There are many things that go into the ‘making of a man’ I suppose. Growing older, taking on responsibility, time spent with dad, growing facial hair or buying a pick up truck.
There are so many stories of ‘manhood’ learned on this camping trip at Camp Gruber, in 1984, age 15.
I had this photograph of me killing my deer on a Father-son hunting trip at age 15 but the photo I had was taken with a 126 camera and not that hi-resolution but thanks to my Facebook friend and fellow Vinita Hornet, Michael Collins who posted this high-res image to Facebook I’ve got it preserved for my grand-kids. I miss this old truck!
The Jewish sons have a Bar Mitzvah at age 13 which is their ‘rite of passage’ in becoming a man. There is no clearly defined coming of age for teens in the USA but I must say that somewhere between killing my dear and buying my dads pick up is, in my mind, when I became a man.
In fact I love 1963 Chevy’s so much I’ve been known to pull over and snap a photo when I see one, flash forward to this past summer:
Ken (Kenny as a kid) and Michael Collins, the read head in this picture with the big 28 lbs carp-loved to hunt and fish. I went along for the ride because there was not much else to do.
What memories do you have of your upbringing that are good memories? Hunting and fishing are some of my good memories of childhood. I’m glad we only had 3 channels on the television. This made us go outside and create adventure. I want my kids to have some of the same opportunities that I had!