When I was a kid, it was Louis the swan.
Davey and I listened to tapes to put us to sleep at night. When one side was done, one of us would creep out of bed, press the eject button as softly as possible, gently pull out the tape, slide it back in, close the thing, press play, and leap back in bed before mom or dad would holler, ‘Kelsey, Davey, no more. Go to sleep.’
It was always quite a feat.
Davey and I could carry on conversations as characters in books because many a road trip, many a night was spent listening to Cheaper by the Dozen, Charlotte’s Web, Mouse on the Motorcycle, Jason’s Gold, Bud not Buddy, and The Trumpet of the Swan.
And I just love it when your childhood gives you thoughts for life as an adult. For instance, this quote came flying back to me and I had the pleasure of telling a friend that he reminded me of Abe Lucky Lucas. ‘His face looked shrewd and wise, as though he knew a great many things, many of them not worth knowing.’ Chuckle. (Three lucky guesses, first two don’t count.)
Or this thought on catastrophes: ‘In a very small, high voice, Jennie said, “When you get ready to go on a picnic with your father and mother and you make peanut-butter sandwiches and jelly rolls and put them in a thermos box with bananas and an apple and some raisin cookies and paper napkins and some bottles of pop and a few hard-boiled eggs and then you put the thermos box in the car and just as you are starting out it starts to rain and you parents say there is no point in having a picnic in the rain, that’s a catastrophe.” ‘
Or that’s just living in Virginia in the summer. chuckle.
Anyways. I have not been hanging out with Louis the swan. I’ve been hanging out with Louie Giglio. And its been swell.
Among many things, Louie is a public speaker and his talent at communicating will blow your socks off. Or at least my socks blew off. But it’s not just his talent at speaking but how he uses his talent that makes your heart kinda smile and say, ‘ah.’ Or at least mine.
So, if you’d like to be introduced and you notice that the high here on Friday is 30, with the low at 28 and you have nothing better to do, I think this is a nice place to start. And if you’ve already seen that, this comes next. I cried through most of it. And then this sorta finishes the story. And I cried some more and said wow.
And after that, the world is your oyster! Of course, if you’d like some more recommendations, I’d be happy to tell you more of what I’ve seen. Surprise surprise.
Alright. I’m off. Cherio!