Since 1995, Coach has driven a white Geo Prism which is almost as famous as he is in Greenwood, Arkansas. Fairly soon after the purchase, he hit a pothole and messed up the alignment. Now, many years and tires later, with no hub caps, no power steering, a driver’s door that only opens from the outside, roll down windows, folded up papers stuck in numerous places to keep the rattles down, unexplainable smells, and a horrendous noise coming from under the hood, he is still driving it proudly. Coach doubles the value of his car every time he fills it up with gas.
All 3 kids, Kevin, Regan, and Allyson, now have their learner’s permits. Kevin will be the first official driver when he turns 16 today on July 1. Good news, he is just like his Dad and would proudly take over the Geo as long as he can call it his own. Last night, Kevin chose Fuji’s for his birthday dinner. On the way, we discussed Kevin’s financial situation, which was a short discussion, and the possibility of him buying the Geo for $500. My response was to let him buy it for $400 and we skip Fuji’s and eat at home. Kevin was considering that offer, but as you might have guessed, Coach values food much more than his Geo so Kevin was not given that option.
This morning, we sent Kevin on a birthday present hunt. He had already gotten some new and rather expensive shoes so expectations were very low, but he still wanted an electric guitar. His dream is to be a worship leader. Each present led him to a new present with clues:
Celebrating your 16th birthday
With a hunting game to play
Kevin, it is Up 2 You
Go to the dryer to find your clue.
You will have to do more than listen
To find out what you might be missing
Everything, including the kitchen sink
Will make you think…..
We “picked” out something electrifying
That could be on the stove top frying
Dreams come true, there are no fools
Sometimes it just takes all the right tools
Search high and low, at the end of your nose
In front of your face “time” and you will be close
Whatchamallcallit you have seen it before
Go to the coat closet and open the door
(Sorry, the candy bar got eaten before I could snap a picture!)
You are almost there, this holds the key
To everything you want to be
Not East, West, South, but North
Look with your eyes and go forth
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Happy 16th Birthday, Kevin!