The introduction to hunting, fishing and more is one of the ways love is shown and shared.
Story and Photography by Bill L. Olson
When it comes to relationship with a child, a Dad naturally starts out behind the curve. From the moment of conception, a Mother has a physical, nurturing and emotional head-start.
Plus some men struggle to verbalize their feelings for their children, even though there is no question of the father’s love. Instead they express their bond through actions — as a provider, disciplinarian, mentor and role model. They also provided at least one half of the genetic traits, personality and characteristics. During their life they help shape the character of the child.
From the age of 12 I worked for my dad, Sam L. Olson Jr. First at his home-do-it-yourself center, Olson Lumber & Supply, located on Houston’s west side. After college I obtained a firm grasp of real estate development and investing during eight years with Dad.
Through my younger years and adult life Dad introduced me to the outdoors. He hunted big game in Wyoming and Texas, as well as ducks, dove and especially quail in the Lone Star State as well as old Mexico.
As a shooter, when I progressed from plinking along the creek that ran behind our backyard with BB and pellet rifles, Dad was my no nonsense instructor who stressed shooting safety at all times. First at Hot Wells Gun Range and then on a silted flat along the Brazos River near Simonton.
One memorable day I was going to shoot a “big rifle,” Dad’s favorite .300 Savage. I knew he had taken numerous whitetail bucks while on hunts with his Dad. To be given the opportunity to shoot his rifle was special beyond description.
I had shot several times at a posted target. Dad told me to carry the gun down range to check my results.