Mr. E a special man – I was dating his daughter and he didn’t much like me. I guess who can blame him. He came home for lunch and found me with his daughter un-chaperoned in a dark room with all the blinds pulled. Hmmm…
He would sit and talk to me, “So Grayquill, what are you planning now that you are out of high school?”
“Well, while all my friends are heading off to college, I will be heading for the mountains, I am planning to go hunting every day and the days I am not hunting I hope to fish or work to buy a new car. I got a real nice rifle last year it shoots straight as a gun can shoot. You want to go shooting sometime?”
“No, I don’t think so.”
I received the cold shoulder from Mr. E all the time I dated his daughter. And, of course being the rebellious young man I was, taking his daughter from him when he didn’t like me made it all the better. Weeks stretched into months and 14 months later. I sat in front of Mr. E asking to marry his daughter. The strangest thing happened that night. Mr. E became my best friend. He put aside all his negative feelings toward me at least on the outside. From then on every time I was with him he was so very interested in all that I was doing. He encouraged me and was excited about what I was excited about. He never wavered once in his kindness and affirming spirit. And, when a great tragedy came my way he listened to much of my grumbling about how unfair God had been to allow such an injustice. Even though he was a minister he never defended God in all those conversations. By the time he died I loved that man dearly.
Years later in front of me sat a young man who I didn’t like much (does any father like the man who wants to take his daughter in the beginning?) asking me for my daughter’s hand. Guess what – that young man might not know it but I am his best friend. He for sure knows I believe in him.
Once Mr. E began loving me I never wanted to disappoint him and I don’t think I did.
And, up until now my son-in law has not disappointed me – in fact I am so very proud of him. He is a man of high character – my daughter chose very well.
I miss Mr. E.