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Stuff Dad Said

Father’s Day is right around the corner literally and I actual went to visit my Dad yesterday. We live very close to each other, but I guess I just am busy with my life and he with his, so we don’t get to visit with each other much. Anyway, while on this trip to see Mom and Dad, I started thinking about things he use to say to my brother and I when we were young.

He has a great sense of humor and loves to laugh, although he isn’t the best at joke telling himself. He has a very outgoing personality and at times my mother has hidden from everyone in embarrassment at his very open and comfortable presence. (Check out this video to see how impulsively fun he is in public.) I love that about him though!!

Dad never was one much for profanity. He is a baby boomer born in 1945. He had a few different careers early in life even though he only had a 4th grade education, was drafted to Vietnam, married my mother when he returned home, became an entrepreneur, was and still is a talented musician, writer, vocal artist, and adopted my brother and I in the 70’s. In 1991 he dove into pastoring the church and has served the ministry since full-time. Rarely did a curse word ever leave his lips, but he did incorporate some slang into his vocabulary from time to time. He would also throw in a few words he thought were “hip” or “cool” from time to time.

Dad, although I know you are not on the internet and will probably never be – here is a tribute to you and the nutty stuff you use to say (and still do).

Got cotton in your ears? That wind’ll fool ya!

There’s a fine line between faith and foolishness sister…and we’re on the line here!

Know what I’m say’n? Do ya dig me?

Sis, stop that! You’re a girl!

Trust me, it’ll taste good…

Fetch your brother for me.

This here’s a little trick I learnt in ‘Nam.

Flip!!!!!! (This word would follow his hammer hitting his thumb.)

Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doin’.

I get the gist of it.

Would you like for me to help you clean your plate? (said with a big hopeful grin)

Now, put this in your spirit… (Insert Advice Here)

Chris, do you ever get tired of talking?

Are you gonna eat that?

Truth in the house! (Always said in church instead of Amen.)

Come to church sometime (said to everyone he ever ran into…ever)

I’m pick’n… (this was followed by an awkward pause until you say “And I’m a grin’n”)

Always keep your foot on the rock and your mind made up (This was code for I hid some money for you under a rock that your mom doesn’t know about.)

Got everything covered? (Code for do you need any money.)

Now get this, …(Insert random comment)

Are you reading me?

If you ever hit your sister, you’ll have to deal with me.

Jesus never asked someone to take a shower or put on deodorant before he saved ’em.

Your mom said go to bed on time, so could you be quiet enough that she thinks you’re asleep?

I did it, it was me. (Proudly proclaimed every time mom found something us kids broke, to save us from the wrath of mom.)

You gotta love people where they’re at.

Maybe my dad was 1 in a million? I think so and I thank God for sending me and my  brother to him. I know his life changed after we entered the picture and I appreciate the sacrifices he and mom made for us.

Happy Father’s Day Daddy. I love you!!

Mom & Dad - Before Kids

Mom & Dad – Before Kids

Memories, I recovered more!

While talking to a friend today, I recovered some awesome memories of my daddy!! I was instantly filled with joy 🙂

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Typewriter like the one I learned to type on at the music store

When I was a little girl, daddy had a music store called Halls Music. It was located on Commercial Park Dr where Regal Cinema Corporate offices are now. I loved going to the music store with daddy. He had more musican friends come in than customers. Every Saturday was Jam Day & people came from all over to sing, play, and jam down.

Dad’s music store was next door to Cantrell Heating & Air on one side and a paint store on the other side. Also in the strip mall was Ken Rowe’s Pharmacy, a hair salon, Domino’s Pizza, and Byron Bryant Attorney at Law.

I use to spend large parts of my days at Ken Rowe’s Pharmacy. I loved Ken, his wife, & their son. That’s where I ran into Archie Campbell one day. I stared at him from behind the prescription counter trying to figure out who he was. Ken leaned down and whispered to me that it wasn’t polite to stare. I apologized & asked who he was. Just then, Ken winked at me and called out, “Prescription for Archie Campbell”.

I jumped up and ran around the corner. Smiling I said, “Hey! You’re on Hee Haw!” Mr Campbell said, “Why yes honey, I am. Do you watch that show on TV?”  “OF COURSE.” I exclaimed. “My daddy is a musican & he’s famous!” (Well, that wasn’t entirely true. He was famous to me, but far from true fame.) Smiling he said, “What’s your daddy’s name honey? Maybe I know him.”

I stood up straight & proclaimed, “My daddy is Jim Hensley. He owns the music store next door.” Mr Campbell smiled even larger and asked, “would you take me to meet your dad? I’d like to say hello.”
I nodded my head in agreement and he followed me to the store. We walked in together and he followed behind me. Dad looked up from the guitar he was repairing & said, “Why, hello Archie. How are you buddy?”
“I’m great Jim. I just met your lovely daughter.” Archie answered.

I was stunned. They knew each other. Mr Campbell became my friend Archie that day as I sat on his knee and listened to hours of stories.

He said, “Your daddy may not be movie star famous, but honey, he is certainly a legend that I’ll never forget.” He told me stories about him and my dad in recording studios, at parties, and in church.

I laughed, smiled, and felt good inside on that day!

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