The Three Cousins
By Wayne Selfridge
Once a year I write an article about Aroostook kids.
A short piece so that the pictures can speak the
volumes I can't, because there are no words that can
replace the photographic memory reminders of our kids
growing up in the manner of nurturing parents
epitomized by dads like Steve and Harold Cyr.
My son, Justin, just turned 17. In another year
there's graduation and college--not to mention the
empty-nest syndrome. When he was old enough to walk,
he accompanied me on upland game hunts with his
make-believe toy gun. He spent hours arranging and
rearranging his tackle box, and would fish so hard out
of our bass boat that by the end of the day he'd be
napping in the bow on the return to the boat launch.
Justin has two cousins who are being raised by their
fathers to hunt, fish, enjoy the outdoors and above
all to be sportsmen. Andrew Cyr is 9 years old, the
son of my brother-in-law, Steven Cyr. Andrew is
Steve's constant outdoor companion. The always smiling
youngster is already wood's savvy and has the sense of
a direction of a homing pigeon.
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Six-year-old Devan Cyr, son of my other
brother-in-law, Harold Cyr, would rather dress in a
camouflage coat than an in-style sports-logo jacket.
He's at that age where he believes that his Dad can
beat up your Dad, and if Dad can't, Devan will, with
that beagle-like, I'm the toughest dog on the block
The brothers live next to each other, so Steve and
Harold have built their budding sportsman youngsters a
miniature log cabin in a grove of pines near home.
This rustic looking playhouse is the place of hunting
and angling daydreams and a tiny version of adult deer
camp where the boys already share their own outdoor
experiences, or embellish tales their Dad's have told
Wayne Selfridge is a seasoned outdoorsman who has
hunted and fished throughout the world as a military
veteran. He works in law enforcement, is a member of
the New England Outdoor Writers Association and serves
as the Journal's Northern Sales Manager.
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