The Priorities of Life

   This week’s story is about a limo drive I had a few weeks ago. Before we get to the story, I must tell everyone who doesn’t know already, I AM the world’s best limo driver. I make sure everyone knows this when I pick them up. I always say, “Your event is so special, they made sure to send you the best limo driver!” Now, I know some of you might be skeptical about this fact, but I invite you the check out the google reviews for Black Knight Limousine in Idaho Falls. As the great baseball pitcher Dizzy Dean was quoted “It ain’t bragging if you can back it up!” Besides, someone has to start the rumor, right?

   The event I want to share with you was for three adult special needs gentlemen. When I arrived at the address to pick them up, a nice young lady came out and told me they wanted to go to Olive Garden for dinner. After dinner, they wanted me to drive them around the city for the remainder of the time. I told her I was glad to be their driver, and I would take them wherever they wanted to go.

   The three men came out, and got their picture taken by the limo, and we left for Olive Garden. I found out the older gentleman in the group was celebrating his birthday. It was fun listening to them joke around with each other. I could tell this was a big event for them to ride in a limo. I dropped them off for dinner and found a place to park by the side of the resteraunt. As I waited for them to finish dinner, I was thinking how excited they were for this night. I was grateful I was able to be their driver.

   After dinner, I asked them where they wanted to go. They asked me if I thought the limo would be able to take them up by the windmills in the hills on the East side of Idaho Falls. “Well, there’s only one way to find out!” I said. “We can get out and push if you needs us to,” they said jokingly. We had a nice conversation as I took them up to see the windmills. I asked the gentleman who was celebrating the birthday how his birthday had been so far. He told me he had really been looking forward to this day. He told me it was his 71st birthday, and he gets a check every month for $1400. Then he said, “So I can afford to take my friends out to dinner in a limo for my birthday.” This really made me think about how simple life truly is. True happiness isn’t making a lot of money. True happiness is enjoying the time you have with family and friends. These three men are an example of true friendship and happiness.

   It was getting time to take them back to the house, but I knew what I wanted to do. On the way back, I asked them if it would be okay if I stopped by my house for a second. They said it would be okay and thanked me for taking them to see the windmills. I stopped at my house and brought out three John Deere caps for them. I have never seen someone so excited for a John Deere cap before. I explained that I only do this for very important people, and how I really appreciated being able to be their driver.

   I dropped them off at the house and told them again how much fun I had, and how honored I was to be their driver. As I drove away, I had a feeling of warmth come over me. I thought about how lucky I am for the great family and friends I have in my life. I knew this was a story I needed to write, and to thank all of you for the big part you play in my life. I know my Angel Shannon is grateful also. I will always LOVE AND MISS YOU sweetheart.

Next week: Happy Fourth of July

P.S. So, I’m the world’s best limo driver and the worlds best Grandpa. I’m freaking awesome! Oh yeah, and humble.