PORT ARTHUR — Cougars and Christmas may sound like an odd combination but in my life, this type of thing is par for the course.
Someone much wiser than me wrote that “As a man thinking so he becomes.”
Looking back it is obvious that Christmas was a time in our household where my parents used gifts to feed by love for wildlife and to inspire me to pursue it at a higher level.
That print was a starting point but there were many other gifts including dozens of books, other artwork and even a deer-hunting trip to Llano where I had my first chance to take a deer.
This year things are tight for many people. I know we have really streamlined the Christmas budget in our household but that does not mean you cannot give meaningful gifts for the kids (or kids at heart) in your life.
Books about wildlife, fishing and hunting are great ways to give something that literally keeps on giving and that can inspire. Wildlife photo prints are very affordable and are something a child can look at every day and that can help carry their thoughts to wild places. Wildlife field guides are in my opinion one of the best gifts because they can arm children with information they can use the rest of their life.
The best give may actually be time.
Print up a special outdoors encounter coupon on the computer, put it in a Christmas card and have it redeemable for a hiking trip, outdoors photography excursion or a trip out on the water.
Kids love spending time with adults and especially love to do so in the great outdoors.
Over the years, that cougar print got lost somewhere between moving and hurricanes.
I was recently able to obtain a copy on eBay after searching for the last six months and had it framed with the photo you see running with this column.