Saturday, June 23, 2012
My Dad was a very unique person. He raised not only his children but the children of one of his wives. He was also in Law Enforcement. Back in the day before cell phones, ipods, any kind of electronics, I-30 North out of Texarkana was just in the beginnings of being a 4 lane interstate. The on and off ramps were not quite defined, there were no businesses along the interstate coming in to Little Rock. The only thing in site for a 10 mile stretch was a Texaco station. The city limits of Little Rock hadn't reached the Texaco station so the station was in county jurisdiction.
The year was 1963, The Razorback football team was playing the University of Texas (Hook'm Horns) Longhorns at Little Rock. My Dad, being a huge Razorback fan, had positioned himself at the Texaco station. All those Longhorn fans coming the station wanting directions to the Stadium in Little Rock got quite a shock. My Dad told them to go down about 2 miles take a left, then a quick right and they would be on the right road. Unforturnately for the fans of the Longhorns, this little trick rerouted them back South toward Texarkana and Texas. Everybody headed North on the Interstate made this mistake.
At the time I was a big and I mean big Longhorn fan. Forty years later when I got my Masters, I was to give a speech at the graduation from the UT at Austin. I made it just fine until I looked out in the audience and there sat my Dad. I could tell by the tear slowing going down his cheek he was proud of me. That he had not raised a dummy. Later on I reminded him of the incident at the Texaco station and we had a good laugh.
I was thinking about my Dad today who crossed the Rainbow Bridge over 12 years ago and how proud he was of me. His oldest. There's an old saying "My Mama didn't raise no fool." well neither did my Mama cause my Dad raised me.
The link below is to a song that was popular at the time of the football game.
Love and Light