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. 🙂
9 responses to “A Fish Story.”
What an awesome pic of your dad and John Henry! Looks like great memories being made!! 🙂
He is def one of the funniest people I know….and the only one that makes you laugh during the most horrible emotional times of your life…how does he do that….I guess you are right….he just loves people and laughter is the best medicine…that picture should be framed and on his desk:)
I love that dad of yours… He definitely has the best sense of humor. I love when he comes in my office and just talks… We laugh and laugh! I am a fortunate man… I get to work with your dad and he makes everyday a fun day.
He never says anything bad about anyone-even me!
He’s a mess. You have a lot of his humor, especially the” thinking” “left-field” stuff. I think your both nuts.
Oh…and the two of you TOGETHER! Fun times. Love your dad!
My favorite was when we were in Germay at a restaurant. The waitress approached the tablet and asked, in German if we wanted a Deutsch menu. Before I could respond in my broken German “nein, English bitte”, Buren said ” it’s not dutch, put it all on one bill”.
We had lots of fun on the fishin’ boat….makin’ memories.
Dusty, besides the word of God that your Dad shares sooo wonderfully each week…the humor is the best part!! Love how down to earth your Dad is!! I am proud to call him my Pastor!! I have been so ministered to right on time with the word of God he preaches on. I admire him for his Faithfulness, his love for his family, friends, & God!! I am in awe of how devoted he is! My prayers go up for him always and his family, my friends are his family…ha ha, so, that makes a difference. He has made such a huge difference in my life with the wisdom he shares, the revelation, the every day life experiences, he ties in to illustrate what GOd wants us to learn! Yes, you have his humor, it is the joy of the Lord, evident is his strength and all that surround him. Great blog Dusty! Funny story!! I did laugh! love you!