Like Father, Like Son

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Ray and I spent last Tuesday through Friday finishing up our recordings of Exploring America and From Adam to Us. The sound engineering process continues and the proof-listening begins, but those are jobs for other folks.

As Ray and I waited for the elevator back at our hotel Friday night, I glanced down at my room “key” (they used to be actual keys, you know) and examined the advertising image printed there. It was a picture of young women drinking, laughing, and having a grand time.

“Thank you for not drinking . . . and smoking,” I said to Ray.

“I don’t want to, one,” Ray replied, as we stepped inside the elevator. Then after a pause, he continued, “Two, I would shame my daddy.”

People I love very much smoke and drink, too, but it’s something Ray and I have decided to stay away from. One of my great-grandfathers died at fifty years old, as a result of his years of alcoholism. Those were two habits Ray’s daddy avoided, too. A buddy bet Ray’s daddy when he entered the army a few months before Pearl Harbor that he would pick up both habits while he was in the service. He didn’t, so Ray doesn’t want to either.

Ray (right) and His Dad Wes
Ray (right) and His Dad Wes, c. 2005

As I have told Ray many times, I wasn’t smart enough to pick him out for a husband. He is one of the many ways God has shown grace to me. I’m thankful for a husband who obeys:

 Honor your father and mother
(which is the first commandment with a promise),
so that it may be well with you,
and that you may live long on the earth.
Ephesians 6:2-3



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