Few people make me laugh until I cry. My dad is one of those people. It might be intentional like the time he replaced my toilet paper holder with a trick one. When I rolled, a recorded, “scary” message from my dad played. That was pretty funny. Frightening, but funny. Or, it might be unintentional. Regardless, whenever I’m around him, I’m just sure to laugh.
This most recent family vacation was no different. Many laughs were had. But his attempt at booking a fishing boat nearly sent me into early labor. Not really. But, dang, it was fuh-nee.
Driving around the gulf coast, Dad pulled into a bay area where many boats sit waiting for someone to rent them. A few men were standing in front of one boat. Dad thought it a good idea to call on that particular one. He called and inquired. While speaking with the boat captain, he noticed a gentleman in front of the boat talking on the phone, too. Dad continued to collect information when he said to the boat captain:
“I think I’m lookin’ atcha right now.”
A moment of silence ensued.
Then, I heard Dad simply respond, “No? No.”
“Err, this boat is not available on that day,” the Captain told Dad.
Nor was it going to be available any other day seeing as how this Captain, who was probably resting soundly in his bed up to the point that he thinks some freak is spying in on him, more than likely felt…uneasy?
I laughed until I cried. I especially laughed when Dad hung up his phone only to find the gentleman in front of him was still talking on his.
He’s a funny man. A funny man who loves the scriptures more than any other person I know. A funny man who is more excited about Christ today than he was thirty-three years ago when he first entered ministry. A funny man who is real. Who never speaks ill of anyone. And loves those who don’t even return that love.
I may never be as funny as him. But, I sure hope I pursue Christ and love people like him.
Oh, and he did get himself another fishing boat. He just had someone else call. 🙂