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I've made a few good decisions
in my lifetime and I've made some bad ones. Recently, a Harris Poll revealed
some things about Americans' priorities through data concerning how they
spend their spare time. It appears to me that Americans are making some
The poll showed that 14 percent
of Americans enjoy spending their free time gardening while a measly 11
percent would rather go fishing. How can that be? Can you imagine Sheriff
Taylor asking Oppie to go fishing and little Ron Howard replying, "Sorry
Pa, I can't go today, I'd rather help Aunt Bea pull weeds?"
I'd agree that gardens have
their place. They are a fine location to dig for worms before going fishin',
but I just can't believe that as a whole, we'd rather go work in the garden
than participating in such a Biblical recreation.
If you took fish out of the
Bible, you'd lose a lot of the dramatic impact. I can't imagine a group
of boys and girls spellbound by a story of Jonah and the huge tomato, can
you? "Follow me and I'll make you tillers of the soil" loses
something in the translation.
As shocking as the fishing-gardening
controversy is, there was more in this poll to raise one's eyebrow. "Spending
time with the family" came in fourth with 13%, well behind reading
at 30%, watching T.V. at 21% and gardening at 14%.
Though there will always
be another chance to read a book or watch T.V., we don't get a second chance
with our family. Be sure to make time for your family this summer. Why
not take them fishing, or if you must, go to the garden and pull a weed