Archive for November 22nd, 2009


This is my first attempt at a blog so I thought I would keep it short and simple.  The title  ‘Panning For Gold’ it actually comes from an off hand comment my ex-father in law said.  We were sitting around the table and his cat, which he had acquired a few weeks earlier, made a horrible stench in the litter box.  My father in law went over and cleaned it out so we wouldn’t have to converse through the tears.  I said that cleaning the litter box was the worst part of owning a cat.  Without missing a beat he said that he liked it, ‘it was like panning for gold’ . I did what I usually do, shrugged my shoulders and quietly rolled my eyes. 

My ex father in law was a very wise and very educated man.  I should have realized then that he never, ever said anything off-hand. Each word was always carefully crafted.  It was many trials and tribulations later that I realized what he was talking about.  Sometimes you have to go through a lot of crap to get to where you want to be. 

I can only hope that in part my blogs are a way, at least for me, to get there with some semblance of understanding.

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