Thursday, February 26, 2009

I Am A Phoenix


I saw this billboard while driving down the freeway today and literally laughed out loud.
Sunday, January 4th, Dad was driving Tony Kyle and myself to Kaiser sac to see Uncle Frank. He would pass away the next day. Obviously we weren't in the best of moods. Tired, emotional, worried about our mom losing her brother, our dad having to care for our mom through this loss and so much more.
One thing my dad has passed on to me is his sense of humor. My mom says its because of the job he works he has to be able to stay light hearted and crack jokes. I've watched this technique of his growing up and I like it. Thats why I used to sing the words "I LIKE BIG BUTTS AND I CANNOT LIE..." during communion every sunday morning to my mom. It made her laugh, I doubt God will be upset with me for trying to make her laugh. This is why I think this is so funny...
We must have seen a MILLION of this same bill board between vacaville and the hospital. Finally dad started reading them out loud.
"I am a Phoenix" he'd say out loud. then we'd see another one and he'd say it again. Finally, we saw one while leaving the hospital later that evening and he said, "you think they only let certain people into their school?" we didn't get it. then he followed, "Its just that it looks like they only let ugly people in. You don't think they could get someone a little happier looking to sell their school? look at her, does she make you want to be a phoenix?"
And once again, my dad, father joe, said a not so nice thing about another complete stranger that made all of us smile and laugh when we all felt like doing the complete opposite.
Today when I saw this poor lady on her bill board, I smiled and laughed and thought of my amazing dad who has ALWAYS been able to crack a joke to cheer me up no matter what.

3 comments:

Brazen Hussey's said...

Made me want to give Joe a huge hug-who'd a thunk? Honestly endearing and made me crack a smile.

--JMH

Kelly Anne said...

haha yeah, i read it after i posted it and thought, if someone didn't know my dad, this would make him look like a jerk! he's the complete opposite though.

What's my name again? said...

He's and anti-jerk. He actually dispels jerks like a repellant. He's like bug spray for jerks. People want to be jerky with him, but he wins them over. Laughter is the best medicine. When I go, I want my eulogy to make people roar with laughter. I want all my stupid things to come out. If you don't laugh, eventually you'll go crazy. :)