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A Fine Investment

by: Lloyd Tackitt 2/17/2013

"Grandpa?  How long does it take to be rich like you?"

"Rich?  Why son...I guess I am rich, but not so much in money.  Why do you ask?"

"Cause you got all the fishing stuff in the world in that back room.  I asked Grandma how much all that cost and she said enough to bust a bank.  She said that you must have spent a million dollars on it all.  She didn't seem real happy about it though. And every time we go fishing you always throw a dime in the river first thing.  You must be rich Grandpa."

"Can you keep a secret?  I mean really keep it?"

"Sure I can!  What's the secret? Come on, tell me!"

"Well the first secret is that your Grandma don't count so good.  There's way more than a million dollars of stuff in that room.  Why there must be three and half gazillion dollars of stuff in there.  That's the secret, don't tell her how much it's really worth or she might get made at me for spending so much."

"Wow!  Three and half gazillion?  Really?  Wowwww!.  I won't tell, I promise.  What's the second secret?"

"The second secret is how I got all that money.  Now this is a super secret.  Before I tell it you have to stand on one foot, hold your mouth like this"  here Grandpa made a twisted mouth face "and cross your heart then spit into the water."

"Twist it more son, twist hard!  Yeah that's the ticket.  Now cross your heart and spit."

"Dang boy don't fall in!  There now sit down and listen and I'll tell you the secret of getting tons of money.  I learned it by accident and I don't want anyone else to know or they'll be doing it too.  A long time ago, when I was about your age, I sat right here on this bank fishing.  But they wasn't biting and I got bored.  So I started to think about how to improve my luck and I rememberd about the old wishing well in town.  Story about that well was that you toss a coin in and wish for something and it would come true.  So I figured maybe it would work here too and I tossed a dime in and wished for better fishing.  It was my last dime and it took some courage to throw it like that.

"As soon as I let it go I thought to myself 'boy was that a dumb idea'".  I watched that dime flutter as it sank, the sun reflecting off it as it went.  Then suddenly, out of nowhere, a big old bass come surging up to that dime and just plain swallowed it."

"Did the fishing get better Grandpa?"

"It did, all of a sudden I had fish biting like crazy.  They was lining up to get on my hook.  I caught a sack full of fish that day, a tow sack clean full."

"Did you get rich selling fish Grandpa?"

"No, it wasn't from selling them.  The next year I was fishing and I caught a big old bass and when I cleaned him I found that dime, except that it had grown as the fish grew.  That dime was as big as a silver dollar and had turned into gold.  It was worth a lot of money - a whole lot of money.  I been seeding those fish ever since with more dimes and ever now and then I get one back, only huge and gold and worth tons of money."

"Here now boy!  Don't throw all your money in at once, hear me?  Just a dime each time you go.  Too much will just choke them.  Gotta have paitence about this.  I said stop it son, stop throwing your money out there, they can't eat dollar bills no how."

"I got to Grandpa, I want three and half gazillion dollars too."


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Member comments
Flyrodn, CO   2/19/2013 3:05:38 PM
I now see what I've been doing wrong. Thanks!
Coyute, CO   2/19/2013 3:27:23 PM
That sounds like just the kind of yarn my Pop would tell me. lol. This site needs more good fishin-tale blogs like this one and fewer self promotion blogs and blogs that read like an infomercial!
JKaboom, CO   2/20/2013 7:15:13 PM
I always enjoy the yarns Lloyd :)
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