Boy! Gardens are looking good, but I fear they may be needing a rain soon. For the last two or three weeks, we have been promised rain but it failed to materialize. The rains seemed to favor someone else at some other place. I'm sure our turn will come soon.

Boy! Gardens are looking good, but I fear they may be needing a rain soon. For the last two or three weeks, we have been promised rain but it failed to materialize. The rains seemed to favor someone else at some other place. I'm sure our turn will come soon.
The kids derby at the hatchery was very different this year. The fishing was done in the branch, not in the ponds as before. Also, Neosho schools were still in session which kept many kids from the derby. As a result, the number of kids was down.
But there were some special things about the day. Because the kids got to fish in the branch, they were in the shade, as trees along the branch kept a hot sun off the small fishermen. And fewer fisherman over the length of the branch made more room for the kids. Also, fishing in moving water was great. The setting and fishing this year made it very much like "real fishing."
Everyone was very sad that some kids got left out this year. Next year we'll likely be back in the ponds and school won't drag on so long. But don't wait for the derby in June, why not take your kids fishing. There are plenty of fishing holes in the area.
I recently read about a man who caught a record-breaking catfish on a $20 rod from Walmart. The fish weighed 68 pounds and set the record in the state of Virginia. Just proves you can do a lot with a little and have fun besides. So, take a kid fishing and make two people happy — you and the kid.
Now that school is out, there are some kids looking for summer jobs. But I recently heard something about kids and summer jobs. There are far fewer kids who want a summer job today so many traditional summer jobs go begging. There are several reasons for this.
Apparently money is not as important or as necessary to kids these days. Many get all the money they need from parents. They don't have to save up for something they want, or to help pay for college.
There were six young people interviewed on television recently and none of them had gotten a summer job nor did any of them want a job. The reasons ranged from "I'm taking the month of June for a vacation…." to "I think summer break should be just that, a break."
For many years most kids wanted a job and many needed one to help themselves and their families. Every job offered in my little hometown had plenty of applications.
The traditional jobs were lawn mowing, painting a house or garage, jerking sodas, helping a carpenter, working on a farm, delivering newspapers, guarding at the pool and, in August, every boy in town spent time in the watermelons fields either picking and loading melons or working at the depot, loading them in boxcars.
My father owned a small grocery store and I had to work there, not only in summer, but all year around. I really would have liked to do something else in summer, but that was not my fate and I have no regret.
I still believe work builds character, teaches responsibility and brings satisfaction.



Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.