Tuesday, April 25, 2017

You Ain't Nothing But a Hound Dog

Abby's Mom here on her lunch break while I telework.  This is Abby's "Elvis face".  This is the little lip curl, sometimes tongue out, she does when she is annoyed with me because I'm too slow getting the treats, or yogurt, or walkies, taking a picture instead of getting her what she wants.

But it made me smile as on one of my last visits out to my Dad, we went to the grocers.  He likes to flirt with the ladies in the flower section and just generally wander around and say hi to people (it's a small town, everyone around the neighborhood knows Dad).

One day though, the check out lines were slow and I could see my 96-year-old Dad was getting a bit bored.  When the clerk's back was turned helping yet another shopper with "how to use a chip card", Dad picked up the mic they call for assistance or price checks with and with a perfect Elvis imitation said (where it boomed out to the entire store):

"The is Elvis - open up the bakery".

You can get away with that stuff when they're old, or furry.  :-)

21 comments:

  1. Ha roo roo roo! Your dad sounds awesome!
    Abby ... all you need to do is toss in an "uh-huh"! You look JUST LIKE Elvis!
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

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    1. That expression always cracks me and her Dad up.

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  2. How funny! I can imagine all the people in the shop.

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    1. It was a hoot - they probably talk about us over there. One time about 8 years ago, I went shopping with my stepmom. She was a tiny little thing about 5 feet tall and was wearing a pink pleather (plastic leather) coat. I went to get something and then I could NOT find her - I looked up and down EVERY aisle multiple times. The store manager saw me and said "you look upset, are you OK?" to why I replied "I'm 50 years old and I lost my mom in the store". Pretty soon over the speakers. Mrs. D - you have a lost 50 year old child at checkstand 4. Everyone cracked up. She'd taken the coat off, that's why I didn't spot her.

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  3. Oh, thank you!! for sharing that! Your Abby and Dad stories brought smiles and brightened our day!

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  4. Your dad does sound good. Our Grandpa would have cursed into the microphone about the slow service.

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    1. Dad knows a few words like that. I learned one from him when I heard him in his shop drop something on his foot. I then tried my "new" word out on the pastor from the Lutheran church. Mom was NOT happy.

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  5. That is wonderful! And at that age you don't get in trouble!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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    1. Only with your kids (I had to take both the car keys AND the checkbook away from him).

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  6. Astro has that same face when he wants a doughnut.
    I love the fact your dad has a great sense of humor too.
    We should all take lessons from him.
    xo Astro

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    1. He has had a lot dealt to him in laugh and has relied on faith and a sense of humor to get him through. I try and take after him in that regard.

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  7. BOL LOL! That's why ghostwriter has been working in geriatrics for so long!

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  8. BOL from us and LOL from Mom - that was great. Mom says it sounds just like something her father-in-law would have done too. Love it!!!

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

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    1. He and my Dad would probably have gotten along well.

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  9. BOL!!! Furst, Ma has done that befores! Butts, she worked at the drug store and it was almost closing time...kinda not the same impact! Oh, and I gives that look to Ma ALL the time, butts especially when I wants an extra chewy from the chewy bin. SOMETIMES it works! okays, it only works on Gpa....
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  10. That remeinds me of some of the things that my parents did...and now my 96 year old aunt. She can be a pill, but she can be a loving soul too. I wish I lived closer to her.
    I too work in a nursing home...and those peeps in there grow on you, they are now my extended family. My coworkers sometimes ask me why I am doing this at my age.(I could retire...), and I tell them Its because I can and I want to, since God has given me the strength and the abilty I will do it as long as He allows it.

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    1. It is wonderful you do that. I was a volunteer (what they called a "candy striper" in a nursing home when I was in junior high and high school, just assisting and providing company and conversation with the residents. The elderly Christian character in my last book "Small Town Roads" - is based on my Dad's personality. He didn't see it when he read the book but my cousins sure did.

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  11. And I have lost my sister while shopping too...she says its because *I* wander off, but I say its because she takes a different way than me:)

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  12. a big YAY for your dad... that was just GREAT!!!!!

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