I fought the tackle box and the tackle box won!


Posted Wed, Oct 19, 2011

My family at Christmas time. Photo by Matthew Magestro

Littleton, Colo. — In an Italian man’s life, family means everything. And within every family there are stories that are retold that make everyone laugh. One of my family’s favorite stories comes from when I was 8-years-old, and I lost a fight with a tackle box.

From the time I can remember, I used to go fishing with my Grandpa. On the days I didn’t have school, or on school breaks, we would go up to Chatfield Reservoir and fish for hours. It was one of my favorite things to do. I would even sometimes ask my Grandpa to take me out of school to fish, which he would never do. Baseball has always been my first love, but ran a close second to fishing with Grandpa.

One day we decided to go fishing. It seemed like any normal day. We had caught many fish, and I was having a great day. My Dad would take bike rides through the same reservoir everyday. On this particular day we happened to see him. I was so excited to see him, and show him some of the fish that I had caught, but what I didn’t see was the tackle box. It was big and green with brown stripes all over it. Luckily for me it was closed, but when my foot hit the tackle box jigs and lures went everywhere. I dropped the fish, my Dad could not stop laughing at me, and then my Grandpa joined in on the fun.

From that time on, anytime any one of the family needed a good laugh, someone would bring up me tripping over the tackle box.

“I think about that every time I ride past that pond,” my Dad says. “You have done some really funny things in your life, but this by far was one of the funniest.”

I’m lucky enough to still have my Grandpa around, and I have many found memories with him. He was the one who taught me how to fish, and I’ll never forget that. I can look back now and see how funny it was for me to fall over that tackle box. Stories are how you keep the laughs within family, everyone will be the butt of a joke every now and then. The story I’m known for is how I got in a fight with the tackle box — and lost.


One Response to “I fought the tackle box and the tackle box won!”

  1. Nikki Says:

    Fun story, everyone has “THAT” story with the family that they will never let you live down.


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