Here's my Bill talking to my parents a few summers ago. Aw. I miss my papa very much. This morning Bill is downstairs exercising on the Wii. He's toe-running around our family room and he's singing "Macho Macho Man" because he's listening to his iPod. SO CUTE!
It reminds me of a birthday party we had for a high school kid 35 years ago. We were leading Young Life in a small SW Washington town and one of the kids (Alan) was a Baptist minister's son and he was FULL of enthusiasm. We were having the party for him (I'm pretty sure - it was a long time ago!) and I made pink punch in a big Tupperware bowl and added floating candles that had been a wedding shower gift (see what I DO remember? Ha!) Anyway, Alan started singing and dancing with glee (I love it when teenagers are happy!) and he sang Macho Macho Man. I thought it was SO funny! Alan went to West Point after he graduated (I'm pretty sure - again, my memory is fuzzy). Pretty Macho in a good way, right?
I grew up with a beautifully strong mother who was a stay-at-home mom/run your husband's business/take leadership at church and servanthood seriously type of person (and still is!) I never doubted that women could do amazing things. I never doubted that men who love women are precious and wonderful. During that same time period, there was a group of adults who became threatened by our ministry to the local high school kids. Because we lived in a house owned by the school district (the district rented it - we paid rent) we had to move out after some community members complained. We did and we actually moved into a more comfortable rental, but I remember talking to my dad about it on the phone. I don't remember his exact words of encouragement but they were something like, "Don't worry, Honey. It's okay. They can't hurt you." He was so right and his strength and confidence sent me right to the Father of the Universe. God continued to bless our love for kids - HUGELY!
My dad was a man's man. My husband is also strong and courageous (and very gentle, too). That's why I think it's so sweet that he's singing Macho Macho Man. Thank you, Jesus.