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Topic: The Family Home (05/29/08)
TITLE: Moving On
By Ed VanDeMark
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There’s a new Mansion on Holy Lane in Heaven. Dad moved in five weeks ago. It’s not like you didn’t know that he loved his porch swing Jesus but I’m sure Mom reminded you. The corners must be mitered perfectly and the doors must be painted, sanded and repainted until you can see your reflection. He loves to tinker in his shop, and sit at the kitchen table to do his bible study so I hop you took those into account. Dad is a saver, so you would do well if you add a few extra closets. If it isn’t pushing it too much Lord I’d suggest a big basement and an oversized attic too and a couple sheds.
What;s Dad’s new address I want to send him a card to tell him I love him, he saves all of them but of course you know that. I want to keep him updated on how his great grand children are doing and send him school pictures every year. I know it’s a tragedy when a child dies down here but if you have a few little ones up there I know a lap that is ready to be occupied.
He’s a traditionalist Jesus, he didn’t change anything after Mom left for Heaven. Ten years is a long time to be vigilant down here. He wanted her to be comfortable as she looked down from her place in that great cloud of witnesses. You know you dust on Saturdays, Mom did it that way. You organize the re-cycles, it makes it easier for the guys who pick them up. We had to get rid of the old Chevy, it wasn’t safe any longer. I hope he won’t mind if we put siding on the house, the paint doesn’t hold up as long, especially on the east side.
If you have a vacant lot next to his place Lord I’m sure he’ll mow it for you. He’s good with roses too and loves a huge garden, but don’t expect him to eat the broccoli. If you can set up a deal with the M&M people or the Junior Mint folks he’d love that. Dad’s good for several glasses of ice tea every day but you’ll hear about it if you put sugar in it. He never traveled much but I suspect a side trip to some place that grows bananas would be appreciated, especially if bananas grow in a warm climate in heaven like they do down here.
He’s a special man Lord but his place just isn’t home any more now that he and Mom are gone. We have the cherry drop leaf table in our living room. Mark got the rocker and when I get around to it Lisa will be putting the porch swing on her side porch so she can wave to folks as they drive by her house just like he did. Dan wanted the old desk chair, I’m not sure why but I suspect it’s because Dad loved it. Markie wanted that antique dresser that was upstairs, and Cody wants his bibles…all of them, at last count it was up to fourteen. Tony is getting the desk. He might be surprised because none of us ever knew what it looked like under all those requests for money that kept coming from “World Hunger”, and “Save the Children”, and “Back to the Bible”, and Billy Graham and dozens of others. Oh yes and all of us took one of his hammers and one of Mom’s salt and pepper shakers.
Thanks for taking request Lord, I’m looking forward to visiting our family home one of these days.
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