Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Happy Birthday, Pappy George
I swear that he did things deliberately to make Dee angry. How many times when she would rant and call him "old fool", he would stand and repeat "yes dear" over and over, while smiling and winking at me. He was a teaser, no one was safe. My mom was fanatical about her hair -- Pap would muss it nearly every time he could. One day when he was teasing Dee as she was sweeping the kitchen, she started to rap him gently on "his old bald head" with the broom handle. He snatched that broom out of her hand, turned it around, and said, "Use this end . . . it's softer". And then he took off running, in Pap's special of running.
But his family was the most important thing in his life. He loved when all the kids and grandkids were all at the house. And the grandkids could get away with just about anything as long as they weren't hurting anyone. How many times I heard Rod, his brother and sisters comment that "he'd never have let us get away with that"!
Happy Birthday, Pap and thank you for showing me what love, dedication, faith, and family was all about.