Friday, October 14, 2011

Lessons From the Edge

You shouldn't take yourself too seriously.

I was looking forward to doing my Resident of the Week interview this week.

Because the next person up is H.

He is a charming man. Seems very cultured and proper. He knows all about music. And he can sing! He usually wears a button-down shirt and dress pants - often his shirts are monogrammed. In short, H is a classy guy - and I was looking forward to getting to know him more.

Our interview started off as I would expect. Childhood memories, the way things 'used to be', an impressive work history - including H's selection for Officer Training School in the United States Navy.
But when I asked, "What makes you smile?" I was surprised by his response. H said, "I have my own teeth!" And I started laughing.
H went on to say that he was raised in a family with a good sense of humor. He knows it's important to laugh.
I finished the interview by asking if there was anything else H thought I should know before writing up his story. He looked at me and said, "I've never been in jail." And he laughed.

And as I thought about it more, I was able to recall that for as many times as I have been impressed by H's air of 'cultured', I have been touched by his wonderful belly-laugh. H was a gun captain in World War II. He studied at Princeton and Columbia. He's been in management for big companies. He's even been an upper-level guy at a couple of NATO bases. He is an accomplished man.

But he still knows how to laugh, and he knows you shouldn't take yourself too seriously.

Karen

4 comments:

Patricia/NYC said...

Oh my goodness his responses to your questions remind me so much of my dad! Must be a World War II thing! *wink*

Have a wonderful weekend, Karen!
Praying for you my sweet friend!

Irritable Mother said...

Patricia - I think there is such a thing as "World War II thing". And lots of the men around Edgewood have it. *wink*
Thanks for your prayers!

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Now, I bet that was a fun interview. How funny! I have my own teeth. That is definitely something to be proud of.

Nikki said...

We definitely shouldn't take ourselves too seriously, and I had to chuckle at his responses!