He had his floppy hat pushed backward so he could enjoy the early spring breeze and gentle sunlight filtering through the overhanging trees.
Across the pond, the Maiden Hair clutched to the small limestone outcropping and dripped teardrops into the pond from some hidden stream behind the rocks.
“Whatcha think?” he asked the boy sitting next to him, also with a line and bob in the water.
“Well, kinda boring, but fun…waitin’ for that first bite!”
“Yeah, me too.” And fell silent.
After several minutes, the old man said, “While we’re waitin’ for these fish here to make a beach landing right here where we sit, I’ll ask a question…?”
“What’s the most expensive thing you have to spend?”
The boy blinked. “Uh…..”
The old man watched the boy.
“Uh, well I got $400 saved and was going to buy two concert tickets for me and a girlfriend, then there’s a new computer gadget…”
“So, the $400 would be pretty-much gone?”
“Yep! Start over. Save up some more.”
They fell silent and each gazed at their bobs in the pond.
After several minutes, the boy shifted himself a bit, gazed at the old man and asked,
“So, what’s the most expensive thing YOU have to spend?”
The old man looked at the boy, winked his sparkling blue eyes and said,