Every once in a while I wake up with a smile on my face-a day where it seems everything I see tickles my funny bone. Adding to my humorous mood today-a good breakfast shared with an old friend. It’s nice to share laughter with a friend and it seems extra special when you can laugh about old times you both shared together-you know like when one of you dressed up their family in trash bags to protest against the local school board.
I love to hear Pap tell funny stories from his past. Most of the characters are long gone from this world-but they still live in Pap’s mind and I’m sure on occasion he awakes with one of them in his thoughts and a smile on his face.
When Pap was a boy, there was a funny older man around the community-folks even called him Old Man. Pap said he was as good as gold and would help anyone who needed an extra hand. Like most characters-he was lots of fun to be around. Pap said Old Man used big words to try to impress folks-however, the words weren’t always real words. He wore a tie every day of the week no matter what kind of shirt, pants or overalls he had on. Old Man was also partial to fancy socks-and wore his pants just short enough to show them off.
A young local boy was drafted but when he went over to Knoxville to officially sign up-they turned him down. Everyone at the local country store was wondering why they would have turned him down. Old Man knew the answer “It wasn’t his physidition it was his edmentation that got him turned down.” uh?
One fall day Pap heard Old Man say “There ain’t no defalcation about it -it’s going to turn cold.”
Another thing that made Old Man a real character-he made sure everyone he met-knew that even though he was a Methodist-he wasn’t sprinkled he was baptized-dunked completely under.
Characters like Old Man are one of the things that make life interesting. I can think of a few characters from my past that still put a smile on my face-how about you?