2013 Elite Series Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole
Mississippi River - La Crosse, WI, Jun 20 - 23, 2013

Hank Cherry and the tug of family

Don Barone
Hank Cherry prior to the 2013 Mississippi River Rumble.

About the author

Don Barone

Don Barone

db has been in the reporting biz for over 30 years, won some Emmys and other awards, but is proudest of his four-decade marriage, his two kids and the fact he founded Tackle The Storm Foundation to help children.

Editor's Note: This interview was conducted prior to Hank Cherry winning 2013 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year.

 

“I hope you dance...”

Dateline:  La Crosse, Wis.

I never told Barb,

this.

Never told,

Ashley,

never told,

Jimmy.

But Ashley.

But Jimmy.

When we first brought you home from the hospital, that first or second night that you were with us, when Mommy was exhausted and asleep, I would get up and go into your nursery,

and I would gently pick you up in your blanket,

and I would hold you in my arms, tight against my chest,

and we would dance.

In the moonlight of Fresno,

we would dance.

In the moonlight of Allentown,

we would dance.

And sometimes you would open your eyes, and in the moonlight as we danced I would rub noses and kiss you cheeks,

and in a whisper,

I would sing to you,

about love,

and mommies,

and daddies,

and little babies, blue or pink.

Ashley,

Jimmy,

I know you don’t remember it, but whenever I’m out, and it is a clear moonlight night,

I still smell your baby powder,

I still feel your perfect skin, your wisps of hair,

and in that special place you have in my heart,

we,

still,

dance.

“…I hope you never lose your sense of wonder…”

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