The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
but the LORD test hearts.
— October, 2009 —
“Daddy, when’s my camp?”
“What camp, Vanessa?” Gilbertson disliked the intrusion his six-year-old daughter caused in his life, but his constituents loved it: The family man, devoted to his wife and child. They could relate. So Gilbertson cultivated the appearance of an attentive husband and loving father while spending as little time as absolutely necessary with them. That worked well, since his wife Joanne wasn’t wild about him. Well, to be honest, she loathed him, but she maintained their farce because she shared one trait with her husband: Ambition. Being the wife of a powerful US Senator wasn’t such a bad place to be, and each could live his or her separate life, coming together with consummate acting skill to project the image of a perfect family.