Ballad Of $40

 Posted by at 12:56 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 192013

After our fast trip across the country to be here in time for my father-in-law’s lung biopsy this morning, our bed sure looked good when Terry and I crawled into it Sunday night! There was a time when I could travel like that and never feel the effects, but I think I might be getting old.

Speaking of getting old, the title of today’s blog is also the title of an old song by country music singer/songwriter Tom T. Hall. When we got to town yesterday we took Terry’s parents out to dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant in this area. The young man waiting on us remembered Pete, my father-in-law, from when he worked as a greeter at the WalMart across the street a couple of years ago. Pete worked the night shift, and several of the restaurant employees were regular customers, coming in after they closed the restaurant.

In the course of our conversation, Pete said that he is now retired at age 83 and Bess, Terry’s mom, is 81. Both of my in-laws look amazing and keep themselves in good shape, and our waiter didn’t believe them. Then Terry said “And I’m their daughter and I’m 60.” The young man said, “No way, you look more like 40 dollars.” I told him, “You can’t get a woman like her for $40! I’ve had some $40 women in my time, and believe me, there’s a big difference!” He was so embarrassed it took him a while to come back to our table to check on us.

We spent most of the day catching up on e-mail and chores that got neglected while we were on the road, and I did some research on a new book project. I also wrote a new post for my self-publishing blog about bad book reviews.

During the afternoon our pals Dennis and Carol Hill stopped by for a short visit. They are attending an Escapees Chapter 44 Rally at Usery Park, a few miles from us. We have not seen Dennis and Carol in quite a while, so it was a real treat to get to see them.

About 4 p.m. we went over to Pete and Bess’ house, where we had dinner and a wonderful visit with Terry’s two sisters, Dani and Lisa, and Dani’s daughter Andrea. I’ll tell you what, there were so many beautiful women there that I was about to overdose on cute.

This morning at about 7 a.m. Pete will have his biopsy, and we are hoping for good news. Terry and her sisters will be at the hospital with her parents, offering them moral support. Please keep this kind and gentle man in your prayers if you will.

Thought For The Day – If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. – Mark Twain

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  4 Responses to “Ballad Of $40”

  1. Pete and the entire family are in our prayers Nick.

  2. You Terry and all the family are in our prayers today for a good outcome on her Dad’s biopsy.

  3. Praying for a good report on the results of Terry’s dad.

  4. You and your family are in our prayers today. Hope the bioposy is negative and that you can all relax and have a good visit.

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