I snuck this pic with the camera phone a few hours ago at Steak and Shake. M and G love it, but me…not so much. We went into town to get some new pillows for Mick, and I swung over to S&S for the girls.
Earlier this week, Micki and Grace were talking and Grace was telling Micki about some exercise they were doing to describe people using adjectives. Micki asked Grace what words she would use to describe her. Grace said, “Punctual”. I think that is really funny. Then she said, “well, punctual and funny.” Then Micki asked how she would describe me. Grace said, “Serious”. No surprise there.
Grace and Micki have always been on the same wavelength that I have not been privy to. Heck, I’m not even in the same area code. They have the same sense of humor. I don’t really have one. The things Grace says to Mick really crack her up. They don’t really do much for me. So, most of my life, I wind up watching them laughing at each other and feeling like that kid in the cafeteria on Monday that missed the SNL sketch that everyone else saw.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t resent it at all. These days I just shake my head, smile, and revel in the sheer awe I am of the close genetic links to these women in my life. It’s uncanny. It happens frequently. And as they started cracking themselves up again, I figured I’d try and capture the moment.
I’ve put on some weight the past few years. And lost some hair. Micki continues to be stunning, while I seem to be turning into a crusty old man. Beauty and the Beast. And there are some items of clothing that I feel really comfortable in. One of these items is an orange sweatshirt from the SAU bookstore a year or so ago. I really like the sweatshirt and feel comfortable in it. You know how you find clothes you just feel good in? This is one of those.
Well, throughout the winter, on casual Fridays at work, guess what sweatshirt I wore? And Saturdays where we were lounging around? And some Sundays to our community group? Yep. You guessed it. The Orange Sweatshirt.
Apparently I was not monitoring how much I was wearing it, but most people in my world did. It became a joke on Sundays at our community group. It became lore in the office on Fridays. And it became somewhat of a legend in the circles we run in. Until something happened.
Micki went to the SAU bookstore to find a replacement for “Ole Orange”. As she was looking through the sale areas, Jayne Asbury came over to help her look. Once Micki said she was looking for a sweatshirt for me, Jayne, who I see maybe 10 times a year, says, “Please Micki, get anything but orange. If I see Jason again in that orange sweatshirt, I think I’ll go crazy.” Micki was laughing until she cried and was happy to tell that story in our group as I proudly wore my new blue sweatshirt. I guess looking back at pics of the past I tended to wear it. Frequently. I like my new blue sweatshirt. But the orange one is still in the closet, baby.
This week has been pretty crazy, and tonight Micki will be working doing Kindergarten Roundup. That left Grace and I time together for a speical date. I asked her last night if she wanted to do breakfast or dinner. This morning she chose breakfast. So we stopped by the Spring Abor Cafe (formerly A&W) for our date. We went over her spelling words for her test today in Mrs. King’s class and talked about other stuff.
We left and had about ten extra minutes before school started. Since we were listening to HOME.fm before we left at home and in the cafe, and in the car, I thought it may be cool to stop in and wave to Carl and Katie. I pulled into the parking lot and Grace asked me where we were going. I said, “Would you like to quick stop by and say hi to Mr. Fletcher and Katie?” She replied with a huge smile, “YESSSSSSSSSS!” So we went up. As we walked in her face lit up and Carl and Katie welcomed us into the studio! They offered us donuts and asked if they could put us on the air. Katie set Grace up in the chair by her with a mic and after the song was over, Grace was live on the radio!
The three of them talked about what they like best about mom, dad, what our plans were for Easter, and if she likes honey or salty ham. After we were off, Katie took some pics (Thanks Rachel for the group shot!). It was awesome. I think we would have been happy just to wave to them. But Carl and Katie hooked us up with the upgrade. When we left, she told me she was really nervous because there were “like, thousands of people listening and I didn’t want to mess up.” We talked about one of the reasons why she likes to listen to Carl and Katie in the morning is because they don’t pretend to be something they are not. They are authentic and real. That’s what people like to listen to. That’s what people appreciate. And that’s what she did. And that was the best thing she could have done. Be herself.
It was a quick blip, but I’ll bet anyone some major cash-ola that right now in Mrs. King’s class, Grace is telling her friends that she was on the radio with Carl and Katie. It got me to thinking as I went over to Hutch’s to get snacks for our staff meeting and devotions how thankful I am for our community. For a friendly lady in a grocery store that helped me find caramel apple dip and told me how her five year-old son loves to eat healthy food. For familiar faces in restaraunts. For people waving to you every time they drive by your car, house or bike. For a radio station like HOME where it’s missional, relevant, and real. And where the people are too. Thanks Carl and Katie for creating radio that my little girl loves to listen to. And for being accessible to make an eight year-old’s day. It’s neat to be able to experience that and see your kid light up and be inspired. Who knows? Maybe Grace will be on the radio somedaylike her daddy was. With all she has going for her, the possibilities are endless.
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