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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Music Says It All

Son and Grandson

My second son is a large man.
Large.
Six foot eight in his stockinged feet. When he puts boots and a hat on, considerably taller.
And he is a body builder.
He works as a cop in our fair city.
Let me put it this way . . .
No one argues with him.
They just nod politely and do as he asks.
His very first day on the job, he and his partner responded to a knife-wielding incident. When he got out of his car, the 'perp' took one look, dropped the knife and spread-eagled himself on the sidewalk.
Size is important.
But the man inside the uniform is a gentle, loving person.
And tons of fun.
Before he began to serve with the police, he spent eight years with the armed forces, reaching the rank of Sergeant.
And he drove a big truck.
These two points are important.
Moving on . . .
One day, he was on his way home from the army base driving the aforementioned (good word) truck. It was a beautiful, warm day, and his windows were opened wide.
His head was shaved and he had his army kit on.
He looked every inch the soldier he was.
He was 'in the zone'. Listening and moving to his favourite music, blaring from two powerful speakers.
I should mention here that his favourite music probably isn't what people expect to hear from a head-shaved, muscular, giant of a man in army fatigues.
And sunglasses.
In a monster truck.
But pouring from the speakers were The Archies.
And they were singing their hit song, "Sugar, Sugar".
He stopped at a stoplight.
Still grooving.
Then he glanced to his left.
A small pickup was just pulling up beside him.
With three teenage boys in the seat.
All of whom were staring at him.
Up at him.
Their expressions were . . . interesting.
My son grinned at them and nodded. Still bobbing to the rhythm.
The light changed and he drove on.
But the small truck stayed where it was.
I think he frightened them.
Who says you need a weapon to intimidate?
Sometimes all it takes is the right music.

11 comments:

  1. Honey.....ah...sugah sugah.... That is one big boy and one really cute photo. Do you suppose it bothers him a little that he is such an intimidating presence? Oh...and thanks for sticking THAT song in my head for the day.

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  2. Thanks Diane, that image made me smile!

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  3. Oh my! He is a big man! There are some big and tall genes in my husband's family, but I don't think my boys will get anywhere near that tall! I bet he gets tired of ducking to get inside doorways. haha

    I love his taste in music and love the photo of him with his son. Priceless. :) He looks like a gentle giant and sounds like a son for you to be proud of!

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  4. What a great story! Here I am laughing like an idiot @ 3:45 am.

    Thanks!

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  5. Great story! Never judge a "book" by its cover, huh?

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  6. Sugar, Sugar...love the song! Enjoyed the blog post!

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  7. Diane, thanks to this post, I will be humming "Sugar, Sugar" in my head all night long! Lovely writing and a wonderful portrayal of the "big" man who is your son. I could sense your mother's pride with every word I read!

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  8. Such a funny story! I had to download Sugar, Sugar before I could go to bed last night and play it for my teens! Thanks for sharing:)

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  9. Oh! I've missed you! That pic is adorable...I love your grandbaby copying his daddy :)

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  10. I can picture it in my mind and smile:) My sister is a cop too:) but not as big as your son

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  11. That is a great story! So funny! Thanks for sharing on my blog hop.

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