Packing a punch

Packing a punch

Andy Dear | Thursday, 31 December 2020

Well, I guess it had to happen at some wife and I both tested positive for Covid-19 last night. Emily started having mild symptoms early last week, while mine didn't start until late Saturday night. So far, she seems to have had a mild go of it, but mine...well, let's say it has packed quite the punch.

We're both still a little perpelxed as to how we got this bug, as social distancing has been sort of a way of life for us for 15 years. We don't live in the city, I work by myself and have little to no contact with the public, and we've all been masked up since day one. I guess it does go to show that no matter how careful you are, the nature of this virus allows it to spread in a manner much more efficiently than other viruses. Whatever the case, we've got it, and now we have to deal with it.

On top of that we've had miserably cold and rainy weather that is highly unconducive to the sport of angling. It IS however highly conducive to waterfowl hunting, and prior to my run in with covid, that's exactly how I was spending my days.  Other than the deck of a skiff, there are few other ways I'd prefer to spend a day than in a duck blind with my dad and my son watching a group of Gadwalls light up over a decoy spread with a faint sunrise in the background.  Mornings spent this way make the coffee taste better, the biscuts and jelly taste sweeter, and the memories all the more worthy of filing away for future use.

So, while I sit here taking my temperature, and monitoring my blood oxygen level, I am feeling significantly better than I did on Sunday.  And, in spite of this momentary setback I have high hopes for our angling pursuits in 2021. Fortunately for all of us our obsession with angling is the perfect act of social distancing during these strange days.

Wishing all of you a happy, but more importantly a safe and healthy new year.

Best regards,