GRANDPA AND THE COHLAMABUS
My Grandpa Mills said some crazy things when we were growing up. Most everyone loved my grandpa. If you were in the family, you loved him, but you knew that Granny was the real saint. And the Cohlamabus- well, that was what you might get if you didn't "wash up" before dinner. A mystery illness of sorts. A threat to ensure good behavior. I remember a whole list of his sayings. They still make me smile. "Hey Amy Leebo, are you still my friend?" When we were little he would ask us our name and tell us that he thought our name was "Jefferson Jackson Johnson Hickernut Caucson Caesar Thomas Douglas Arnold D. Jerry Thrash a Bird and Fight a Dog." When he was sick he was "sick upstairs down in the basement, snake hole bit and wasp nest stung." He didn't like lazy people and if he thought that someone was not very smart he would say that they "don't know if they are walking or riding a mule." Those "sorry bunch of folks" may not be able to find their big toe with both hands, according to Grandpa. If he agreed with you he would proclaim, "More 'n apt is what I'd say, if I was aiming to say anything."
"Your are first, right after me, each and every time."
It's interesting that he has been gone for a quarter of a century and yet I remember his words like I heard them yesterday! People remember your words too. Our words are powerful; and we have the ability to give life to someone with what we choose to say. "THE WORDS OF THE GODLY ARE A LIFE-GIVING FOUNTAIN." Proverbs 10:11