May. 7, 2022

''Poppa Lash''

'Poppa Lash''.......of Walnut Cove, N.C....''I remember''..........my Father-in-Law, gentle spirit, never ever heard him, raise his voice, at anytime, and he had four boys and two, girls, never heard him, shout or yell, he was always, full of laughter, and a great sense of Humor, always calculated how many moves I, had left in the checker game, always told me ''take your time, you got about three moves left, '', it'll be over before you, know it,...I could never beat, Poppa Lash, I was excited for a draw, that was a win in my mind, .he was old school, and a devoted father, our porch conversations, I value the most, because he kept things real, he say what he had too say and he was done talking, about it,.. love some westerns, and a police scanner, he had this hoveround he rode all the time, with a whip antenna about 15 feet in the air with an American flag on the tip, I could see, him, way up the road coming, ...old glory, just flapping, in the air...Poppa Lash, was something else, ..... longtime Deacon at Baileytown Christian Church, yes, he was one of those Deacons, who, go too God, in Prayer on one knee, have the whole, Church, tore up, before, Dr. King even preached his message, Poppa Lash, go too God in Honor, and reverence, just as if it was just him, and God, in a room, and he pleading his case and asking God, for his grace, and mercy towards, his , family, and all, mankind, he was a firm believer that if you can't talk to nobody else, ''you can talk too God''...he was in a accident, one Saturday morning, on 311, I think, he was coming from the Flea Market, he wrecked his truck, almost turned it over, and was trapped inside, he managed too reach and pull out his famous ''case'' pocket knife he always kept, like most older Men, he cut his seat belt off, and escaped, without injuries, and was standing outside the truck when, EMS, arrived, that was a huge scare for the family, Poppa Lash, had a nice voice singing voice too, I remember, riding too Walnut Cove for the very first time, and everybody, and I do, mean everybody, downtown, waved as you passing through at 25 mph that's the speed limit, might be 35 mph, now, but I, kinda, doubt it, I had never experience everybody waving before, it was fun, waving at everybody like I'm in a parade, hey, ...hey, how you, hey, hey,....it felt good, I start too turn around and go back through....just to wave some more,... I remember, visiting, Ma Lash, and Poppa Lash, one time during the week day, something, I always enjoyed doing is just showing up, unannounced, these my folks, I can do that, ...this day, was interesting for real, Poppa Lash, had these huge frog legs frying in a black skillet, and the legs were jumping around like they had, life, Poppa Lash, said, that's the nerves in the leg quarters that make them do that,...they won't be jumping much longer, once they hit my stomach,...he was making a joke, I'm looking like I missed the joke, cause I'm looking at these frog legs quivering in hot grease, , those were the times too remember of my Poppa Lash,...what an honor it was knowing, this Great Man,...and Poppa Lash, if you reading this and listening ,too My Heart'', ......''I Remember''....''......