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Topic: Gone Fishing (02/01/07)
- TITLE: That Man Could Fish
By Sheri Gordon
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Dumb things? Where did that come from? Oh, yeah. Chuck called everything dumb. Anything he didn't like was dumb. That was his only curse word.
No wait, he had a bigger curse word for important things. Like fishing. 'Golly bum.' That's what he'd say. 'Golly bum.' I never did ask him what it meant. Didn't really matter. I just knew it wasn’t good.
I struggled to get my tie just the right length. I didn't want to be the next always-wears-his-ties-too-short guy in the group. "He can't be gone," I thought, fighting back tears. "He's my best fishing buddy." Chuck knew more about fishing than anybody. He could never tie a tie, but he could sure tie a knot in a fishing line.
I turned out the light and headed to the front of the store. My store. The little bait and tackle shop I bought last year. I never would have done it without Chuck's encouragement.
Walking out the door, something caught my eye. A state-of-the-art GPS fish finder. I smiled again remembering the time I showed Chuck my new toy. "This way we won’t waste time fishing in the wrong spots," I explained to him. He laughed. Chuck laughed a lot. "No James," he said, "that wouldn't be fair to the fish. That's cheating." Fishing was a game to Chuck, and he didn't tolerate cheating at any game, or anything else.
I guess I admired that about Chuck even more than I admired his fishing skills. He was a man of integrity. A living example of Matthew 5:37--"Let your 'Yes' be 'Yes', and your 'No', 'No'." Chuck didn't quote verses from the Bible, he lived them. Through him, people saw and felt God's love. I guess you could say Chuck was a fisher of men.
"Yes, that man could fish," I whispered, swallowing the lump in my throat. "What is important to me is, he thought I could too."
As I left to say a final good-bye to my best fishing buddy, I stopped to turn the sign on the door.
GONE FISHING, DON'T KNOW WHEN I'LL BE BACK.
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