You see, for years I've been calling my son-in-law, John Edwards, the best kept secret of the free world.
I started saying that in jest just because John can do so many things. Need him to pick up a refrigerator, load a piano onto a truck, fix a car, take care of his three girls, grow plants (because of course, he has a green thumb too) fix most anything mechanical ... give John a call! Sometimes I even sing part of that old song to him that many of us old-timers remember: "Big, bad...Big Bad John!"
I remember that somebody who cared about John heard that I was calling him the best kept secret of the free world and they commented to his wife, Celeste, they thought I was making fun of him. I understand why they thought that. They probably didn't know all the times John has helped one of our family members out in one way or another. It's kind of like the Chuck Norris jokes. Do you think Chuck Norris is offended? Nooooo. I've seen the action star sitting proudly in the guest seat on television talk shows grinning from ear to ear when he was asked about the jokes in his name that were sweeping the nation. He loved it. Though he knows people are using him in a joke, they're using him because he really can do a sweeping, knock em'-out, round-house kick. They're using him because he really can throw a punch that would put in your grave. He really would be someone you would want on your side if you were caught facing menacing characters in the proverbial dark alley.
So, I was thinking about all these things and decided that I would make John the topic of my next blog. After all, he's a pretty interesting person. (Not to mention that he's got an identical twin brother named Jack who can work on things too.) As I was mulling over what I would say in my blog, one of my other daughters called. Her car's alternator went out and her husband's car started having trouble too! Of course, I recommended John. The next thing I knew, she is calling me to tell me that John has already found a used alternator, maybe two in a junk yard and is coming up her house in the freezing cold weather (It's snowing outside as I write this) and is going to work on their cars! Thanks again, John!
Maybe Nasa really should talk to him about that asteroid.
And that's the way I see it from this catbird seat...