The Tiniest ‘Pip’

“It’s been amazing, travel being what it is, I’ve been able to spend every day of my baby daughter’s first three months, with her, holding her.”
— Chad Pipkens
Elite angler
Dad to 7-month-old Emerie Rae … The Tiniest Pip 

Dateline: St. Clair … Motown

“The only way I can describe fatherhood is at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows like five times? Everything is full; it’s just full all the time.”
– Matt Damon 

I sit as an old man and wonder, where did it go, this thing we call, time. 

I still remember when my daughter could wrap her whole tiny hand around my thumb, still remember when the doctor all in green scrubs stood up, turned around and said to me, “Mr. Barone, meet your new son.”

I sit as an old man and wonder, where did it go, this thing we call, time.

Even though we play this game for all the marbles, even though there are pages and pages of how to catch fish and what to use to do it, even though most days are on the highway, most nights in cookie-cutter hotels, the greatest catch of our lives comes not from under the water, but from the hearts of those who give us theirs.

Those who love us, our families. 

You are no less a man if you feel that way. In fact in my book your are more of a man if you know the greatest trophy is your family standing on the bank, not the fish under the waves.

“Chad has been home with our daughter the majority of her life, put her to bed, woke up with her, held her, laughed with her, kissed her, it’s been one of the greatest blessings in our lives.” — Melanie Pipkens, Chad's wife and the mother of The Tiniest Pip