Daily thoughts by a guy that doesn't like to think deeply too often!
I got in the car and started to crank it. The evangelist lady was behind the car with her hands planted on the pollen-crusted trunk, ready to push. I leaned out to tell her that it didn't need to be pushed, but by that point she was speaking in tongues and asking God for the power to push my car. I didn't have the heart to tell her that I could drive on the rims. So I turned the key, put it in drive and eased my car up onto the curb as the evangelist praised God for the strength to push a car.
When I got out of the car, she came to hug me and say another prayer. Of course I noticed when one of her hands clamped onto my butt during the prayer. Just after she finished praising the Lord and singing a chorus of "Alleluia", she told me that she was 50 years old. "Don't you think I look damn good for 50?", she asked. As I gathered my things from the car I assured her that she looked good for her age. "I got 7 grandbabies, too", she informed me. Did she think that would turn me on? Was she hitting on me? Did she want something? The questions were flooding my mind. Maybe she really was an evangelist. The most foul mouthed evangelist I've ever met. Maybe she was a hooker. Homeless? Scammer waiting for a victim?
"May the Lord bless you and keep you" she said. Those words were followed by "Do you have any beer or cigarettes? I'm thirsty and need a smoke after pushing that car". I thanked her and gave her a smoke and started to walk away. "Have a blessed day" she hollered as she ran back into the woods beside the freeway.
I'll summarize it: It was my best Easter ever!!!!! The sunrise service was very moving. I can't believe it but, I was actually crying when Rev. Jim pronounced "The Lord is Risen! Alleluia!" as the darkened church was lighted up and the alter was decorated with dozens of bouqets of flowers and candles. It was a very moving service.
Afterwards, I had a brunch at my house. I had spent the previous couple of days getting the yard ready-- I planted 4 hibiscus trees, three flats of impatiens, weeded, edged and mowed the grass. I planted and installed some window boxes in the front windows, too. The front yard was transformed into a garden and everyone seemed to enjoy it as much as I did today. We all got a little sun, and sipped mimosas in the flower garden.
My only regret is that Bruce, Beverly and Kevin weren't around, but I know they had other obligations. Other than that the day was perfect: I was surrounded by good friends, good family, good food, great weather and an extreem feeling of peace! It was also nice to have all SIX of my "children" (of the four-legged variety) here to celebrate Easter with me!