March 24, 2018

I Think I Like Ketchin'

brookieI was taking a therapeutic float down the river the other day when I came upon a fisherman. In the time it took to float by, we had a conversation that set me to thinking.

“How’s the fishing?” I asked as I approached.

“Great,” he replied simply.

“How many do you have today?” I asked.

“None,” he said. “Ain’t had a bite all day.”

“If you haven’t gotten a bite all day, how can the fishing be great?” I pressed, obviously confused.

“You asked about fishin’, not ketchin’,” he said with a characteristic curtness. “Fishin’s great. The ketchin’ ain’t worth a sh**.”

As I floated away, I thought, you know, I’m not really into fishing. I’m more into catching. The other thing that crossed my mind was that you don’t ever get the right answer if you don’t ask the right question. You think you have the right answer, but you may well not, if the question was wrong.

So for me, the new question is going to be, “How’s the catching?” Because frankly, I’m not in it for the fishing.


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