some days you hear a story that helps keep your outlook on life just where it should be and this is one of them. i had to call a friend of mine today to tell him that i wasn't going to be able to make our bi-annual Canada trip this year.i was kind of feeling sorry for myself because i really enjoy going up there and it had me pretty well bummed out until he told me about one of the kids that he is taking up this year.this is one of those things that can change a kids life for the better. the boy is one of his sons friends and lives a couple of houses away.his parents are divorced and his dad lives out of state. well,the dad was supposed to come and pick the boy up for an extended stay with him and the kid was REALLY looking forward to spending time with his dad.at the last minute the dad calls and tells the boys mom that he isn't going to pick the boy up and doesn't know when he can and hangs up.he didn't even tell his son himself but chose to let mom do it! my friend heard about it and went to the boys house to talk to the mom.he asked if it would be alright if her son went with them on the fishing trip to Canada!!! she said okay but was kind of worried about the cost.he told her not to worry about the cost and that he'd take care of it! he told me that after the mom said okay he went out and bought the boy a few things he didn't have,his own rod,reel,and tackle box!!!!!!! he said the kids eyes just lit up when he gave him his new gear! i just thought i'd pass the story along because after i heard it i found i wasn't feeling bad anymore about not making the trip! i'd bet my bottom dollar that when that young man grows up he'll end up pretty much so doing the same thing for another kid. kind of gives new meaning to "take a kid fishing" doesn't it!