I told hem to stop, since I believe we should not be taking more than we needed and we had enough for a fishcleaningclass and catlunch. I told my youngest duaghter to throw the leftover pieces of bread into the water and in no time more than a dozen fish appeared, even with us moving around on the pier and making noice.
And our cats were more than willing to take care of the fish!! This is so much better for them than that factorymade, supermarketjunk they usually eat..... when not catching mice, voles or birds....
The great thing about this all is that not only are the kids getting out and learn to study (parts of) nature and the world around them, they also learn the first steps of taking care for themselves. I was struck by the total absence of disgust with Sven, when he handled the fish, killed them and then cleaned them!
No eeewww, yukkk, groce or any similar reaction, usually seen by kids (at least where we come from) and I started wondering why.
That's when it came to me; we had NOT learned them to be disgusted! We had never told them it was dirty, filthy or unsanitary. Instead we told and showed them that things like this are normal. We learned them that we catch, kill and clean animals for food, skin and other uses. And that we need to do so with respect and gratitude for their offerings. How different have I been brought up!
These small lessons appearantly make a world of difference and will give them an advantage!!
Now all I need to do is learn how to hunt, kill, fielddress, skin and butcher an animal and to show our kids how to recognise and use the plants around them. A lot to learn for me, especially the hunting-killing-dressing-part.
And the fish in the box?? I now know why you should clean them right away instead of 4 days later. It wasn't exactly fresh and appetizingly looking and smelling....