On the Whetstone Boys Ranch kitchen counter, there sits a notebook which we have dubbed the “The Book of Firsts.” Since this last week was our first week, we made a lot of entries.
Below, I have copied one of the first journal entries from our first boy. As his teacher, I am proud of his descriptive writing. As his mentor, I am proud of his introspection.
Yesterday morning, Mr. Maxwell popped on the lights around 6:00 o’clock and said, “We’re going.” Excitedly, I jumped out of bed and into my camo, then threw on my boots. Within moments, Mr. Maxwell and I were out the door and off to the stand to scout some deer. The ground was saturated with dew, and it made me look as though I had been wading in a pond. Trampling through the thick pastures, we spooked 3 deer which gave us both a bad feeling that the deer were moving early.
As we walked through the woods down an old road, memories of hunting with my dad ran through my mind, and I couldn’t stop thinking about all the mornings before sunrise I had followed my dad through the woods on the way to the stand. Whetstone’s so-called “buddy stand” turned out to be an ancient single stand that had grown into the tree. So, we thought it through and decided I would sit on the ground, a couple trees away from the tree stand.
As the sun rose through the trees, birds started singing, turkeys chattered off in the distance, and squirrels fought over acorns. All of this combined gave me a warm feeling. It made me feel nothing but happiness; all my worries were swept away.
I think we’re off to a good start.