After my Dad recovered from his serious injuries from a mine accident, he started to build
up his broken down body. He did push-ups to strengthen his arm muscles. He also began to walk.
He walked with a cane and a very noticeable limp. His one knee was held together by pins inserted surgically. His knee would never bend again. However, this did not stop Dad from walking about two to three miles a day.
He would walk in the hills behind our home called North Walkerville.
At that time, it was just an old country dirt road with fields of sagebrush, rocks and a somewhat rugged terrain. Today, North Walkerville is filled with new homes and beautiful landscaping.
My Mom kept herself busy. She dived into her passion of creating and sewing beautiful quilts on her old Singer Sewing Machine. She would
get lost for hours on her quilting projects.
Every day, my Dad would
say to Mom, “I'm going for my walk.” Mom began to tease Dad that he was going to meet his redheaded girlfriend in those hills and thats why he wanted to walk. It became a lighthearted joke between them. As Dad would get ready for his walk Mom would
say “Going to meet that redhead again are you?” Dad would just smile. It was all in fun.
Sometimes couples and families pick up little charming sayings for each other. My husband quite awhile ago started calling me "George" to get my attention. It worked because I would respond to him immediately. I began to call him
“Sam.” Not sure why but the names stuck. One day in Walmart, my husband yelled, “Hey, George.” The clerk looked at us rather strangely and especially when I responded with “What Sam?”
In life sometimes you just have to not take things so seriously all the time. It is good to keep things lighthearted
at times. It helps to get through the tough stuff of life. “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
“Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8: 10