Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Not a One-Handed Turn


(School buses (one of my favorite things) at a recent basketball tournament.)

Life moves forward, even during the holidays.

It is that juggling at times that gets all of the balls out of order,

but it is that juggling that makes it great fun as well.

Basketball season has started for my nephew, and we are avid fans.

Traveling to a recent tournament in Driscoll (Texas), with my father riding shotgun, and my

recuperating husband in the back seat,

my father gifted me with a statement so


so profound,

I wanted to share it with you.

He has coined many phrases that my brother and I

hold onto as touchstones for living our lives.

“Keep a tight rein.”

“Did you learn anything?”

and the simple admonition

“You don’t have any business… (fill in the blank).”


As I drove, he first began with reminiscing , as he looked out the window,

about farming here or there,

buying land here,

selling it to move there,

he and mother living over that hill,

driving a maintainer and building highways here and there,

delivering fresh milk from their cows that he and his brother Rich had

milked early each morning,


riding horseback onto the Laureles division of the King Ranch

to visit his father, who was working there.

After a few miles of comfortable silence,

apparently my driving caught his attention,

as I was about to reach Riviera,

on the Falfurrias highway.

And he said:


Me: “Yes sir?”

“That’s not a one- handed turn.”




Olive said...

I guess you are put on notice!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Sweet story! Made me chuckle. And I love your new header!

Bonnie said...

I sure do like your Daddy! You are blessed to still have him. I have so many questions that I would ask my Daddy especially about his time during the war.

Hope your husband is much better.

I like anything you write, Laura. Your observations and experiences are very interesting.

Pretty Christmas header!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

What a sweet story about your Father. He sounds like a very wise man! That's a classic line.


Anonymous said...

Wow Laura, I could "feel" your father in this post. Made me cry the "sir." Growing up in Texas my Dad was always sir and I miss that...miss him.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your dad reminds me of mine. He had phrases no one would understand but me.


From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Aren't fathers wonderful. Your dad sounds like a great guy. My dad has been gone five years now and I still miss him. They have a way of always being our dad no matter how old we get.

Theresa said...

Love it! My Brother Marshall has so many words and sayings that we call "Marshallisms"! They are his and his alone! We all say them and know where they originated! I just love you Dad, he is too cute!

Have a blessed evening! HUGS!

NanaDiana said...

LOL~~! Oh I love it! It makes me so miss my father!

His most famous saying was- Better an old man's darling than a young man's wife!. He was almost 50 when he married my mother who was 18 years younger. Hugs-Diana

Deserae said...

Your dad sounds so much like mine....I laughed out loud after reading some of his sayings :o) Glad you were able to spend time together!!!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Wow, this post took me back to my home. I haven't seen the word "Falfurrias" in forever. :-)

I love that your father calls you "Sister." Precious. He sounds like a real gem.

Karen said...

Love it!!! If I were you I would keep a notebook of his sayings. They're priceless. And I know which turn he is talking about. ;-)
Ladybug Creek

Nancy's Notes said...

Your daddy is good as "gold" Miss Laura.

Know that turn well...


trash talk said...
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trash talk said...

Neither is life. Your daddy is a wise man.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

How cute!

Pondside said...

All of those words of wisdom deserve to be written down and saved - good for you!

Lisa said...

Aren't you thankful you didn't just grow up? Honey, you got raised! LOL!

Sue said...

This is one of those stories you will tell for years to come!

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

One of those "never forget moments." My Grandmother had more "sayings" when I was growing up and I love remembering them.

Blessings for a beautiful holiday season!

CHERI said...

Sounds like your father is a very wise man:) I don't think many of the younger generation use words of wisdom like our parents & grandparents did.

Unknown said...

Too cute, Laura! Love your Daddy! Hope you enjoyed the drive ...

Have a beautiful day ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Privet and Holly said...

Laura, you should
start writing each
and every one down
that you can remember
and then add to it
as new advice comes
along. What a great
book and a wonderful
legacy for you and
future generations of
your family. Love it!
xx Suzanne

D.B. said...

Let me guess..............Diet D.P. in the other hand?

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Love it!

There's a reason our parents are called "The Greatest Generation".

Deb said...

your Daddy sounds like a great guy....love it..


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