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A First for Everything: Fishing

By Christine.Coppa |

I am 31 and I went fishing for the first time on … Saturday. What can I say? I was a girly-girl growing up (cringe). I took dance, did cheerleading and lived for my golden retriever. We went on epic walks. Anyway, JD has been begging me to go fishing forever and more so, since he got Leo Jack Coppa for his birthday.

Uncle Carlo to the rescue! We drove down the shore on Saturday. I knew what was going down, but JD thought it was going to be a typical beach day! Instead we went fishing. After the jump, some cutie-pie pics.

















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Lesson: I learned that love is not black and white, or how we pictured it would be. People mistook the three of us as a little, young, happy family on that dock that cool, sunny day. Mommy, daddy and kiddo. It was creepy, but OK, because Carlo and JD are just naturals — there is nothing forced. This is no nudging JD off my leg to his uncle. We don’t choose our family, is what I always say.

The boys cast out. I sat on the dock and sunned … no really. I let JD have his moment with his uncle. His uncle knows how to fish and it was beautiful to see the guys having their time, but not missing the magic either and before I knew it, I was in on it, too.


What Is A Father? Does He Take You Fishing? Read. 













A fish I did not catch, but Carlo and JD caught a total of 12! JD was very good about releasing Leo’s friends back into the creek.













By the time we left we were all smelly with fish and had “worm poop” as Uncle Carlo called it on our shirts. “I will never forget this day, Uncle Car,” I heard JD say as Carlo hoisted him into his booster.

And that’s what it’s all about. Real life.

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Christine Coppa is the author of Rattled! (Broadway Books, 2009), the creator of's Storked blog and a freelance fashion market editor. Her son, Jack, is 5 and they hail from North NJ. Her work has appeared in Glamour, First for Women, Redbook and Parenting among other publications.

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6 thoughts on “A First for Everything: Fishing

  1. Amy says:

    such a sweet post!

  2. Evelyn says:

    Why do you feel the need to emphasize how “creepy” it was assuming others assumed you were a young family? Not every time a man/woman/child together are a nuclear unit. My dad worked weekends growing up so often times my uncle tagged along to the beach with us to give my mom a hand. There’s nothing creepy about it. It was a fun day for Jack, his mom and his uncle. Focus on that rather than calling attention to the missing dad. You are a great parent to him, be proud and happy you had a nice Saturday.

  3. Colleen says:

    We did a lot of swimming this summer. Jumping off docks, jumping off back of boats with life jackets, wading in zero depth pools. I’ll remember this as when 4YOD really swam with a life jacket on and 2YOS swam under water for the first time.

  4. Allyssa says:

    I haven’t tackled that hurdle yet, but I did buy them fishing rods. They are in the garage, in a box, unused. I’m not an outdoorsy-type (and I hate the smell of fish…I don’t eat seafood at all.), and since I do most of the activity planning, fishing just hasn’t made it’s way to the top of the list yet. I’m pretty sure camping and fishing are in my future now that the boys are getting bigger. Sounds like ya’ll had a fun time, and no injuries!!!

  5. DeathMetalMommy says:

    I can definitely see how one might recoil slightly at the idea of someone thinking they are married to their sibling regardless of whether they knew or not.

  6. Christine.Coppa says:

    Thanks for the sweet comments and yes @deathmetalmommy, it wasn’t about the absent dad, it was about, “ew, that’s my bro!” Happens 24/7. When we were in Aulani, the staff thought we were married. Carlo from day 1 was like, I’M UNCLE CARLO. And then he was referred to as … Uncle Carlo for the rest of the tripper. He even hosted an Uncle Carlo Happy Hour for some awesome staffers. xo

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