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Gold Mining is
such a rich subject fraught with meaning both metaphorical and
actual. Mining is a metaphor
for so many things, some of them opposites,womb, tomb, search,
journey, riches, poverty, darkness, discovery, to name a few.
mining was a considerable factor in pioneering, building and
establishing the character of our nation. Stories of miners abound.
Some historical figures have pursued mining to the limits of
prosperity and back down to the depths of despair and poverty.
when he died, told his wife, Baby Doe, to hold onto the Matchless
Mine, a silver mine in Central City, at all costs. She did that for
thirty-five years after the death of Horace and was found dead, some
say her arms in the shape of a cross, in the mine itself. Some
science fiction movies use mining and its darkness as a metaphor for hell.
abounds, and to my way of thinking nowhere more engagingly and
agreeably than in the book, Orphan Boy, A Love Affair with Mining by
H. Court Young. What is so compelling about this book is its real
life hero, Herbert T. Young.
He did his
duty in adversity; he followed his passion in his marriage and
profession; he bestowed a legacy and example of loving inspiration
for his descendants; and consequently he harbored no regrets in old
age. Is this not what we would all like to be able to say about our lives?
Herbert had a
childhood which was dismal because his father, after the depression,
deserted his mother and his other nine siblings. Yet Herbert turned
this catastrophe to victory excelling in everything he did. He held
jobs to help his family.
In high school
he participated in sports and held a record in basketball that had
not been broken when he died. He did not really want to fight in
World War Two, but he saw it as his duty, enlisted and served in the
famous fighting 17th which flew very dangerous combat missions in the
Pacific Theater for several years of the war.
He married the
love of his life whom he met at college and pursued the profession of
mining after the war, out of his passion and penchant for adventure.
He shared with his son, Court, the author of this book, many actual
mining experiences and many stories about the nature and character of
being a miner. He did not flinch from duty, but also he never gave up
When I think
about life I find that very often I do not live close to the passion
in my heart and in my soul. I love to find stories of people who
pursue their life dreams and talents until the end. Herbert did that.
From Oprah we get the idea of being able to make the connection,
perhaps between our outward selves and our souls.
It is always a
wonderful experience to read about people who take risks, who pursue
the dream, which is sometimes wild and wooly, cracked and fractured,
albeit frequently graceful and stunning as a mountain peak. Herbert
was such a person who experienced all the highs and lows of following
his ardor for mining. He made the connection between heart and mind,
between vision and action. I think of him as reconciling the outer
and inner man.
contains much more than just the story of Herbert. It tells about
mining itself and how it works, and it informs the tourist of the fun
of exploring the area by hike, bike, ATV and Four Wheeler.
But for me, I
love the story of a man of The Greatest Generation who turned his
passion and his pain into joy and giving. He led a generous life to
himself, to his family, his friends and business associates, a life
which can enliven and invigorate us all to follow our dreams.