Residents at Life Care Center of Bardstown, Ky., took a special fishing trip on June 23, 2011.
With a picnic lunch and a cooler full of drinks, the facility bus set out for a private pond owned by Elizabeth Hemard, business office manager. The eight attending residents competed to see who could catch the most fish, and Melissa Mattingly won with 13. The group caught 37 fish.
“While there were plenty of residents willing to bait the hooks and eat the sandwiches, there were no volunteers to clean the fish, so all 37 were released back into the pond,” said Kim Hovious, activity director. “It was a lovely day of sunshine and storytelling.”
Residents reminisced about fishing as children, tricks they learned from their fathers (for example, fish love raw bacon) and camping trips they took with their own children.
“The fish were all about the same size: small!” said Hovious. “The biggest might have been 3 or 4 inches long. We were fishing for whatever would bite, and the only fish biting that day were bluegill.”
At the end of the day, resident Mary Merrifield remarked, “Honey, I’ve been in these ponds 70 years, and that’s as good a day of fishing as I’ve ever had.”