Continuing a lesson from my dad’s life:
I learned frugality from dad & mom. He allowed me to go with him on trips to church Conventions. Shirl usually foud a girl friend to stay home with.
Unlike my friends who were PK’s who stayed in Hotels, Dad found a rooming house for us at half the price. The money he saved was returned to the church clerk. I have heard men say, ‘We had never heard of that before or since.’ But dad’s words still ring, “We are using God’s money, it is not to be wasted.”
Now we NEVER stayed in a tent as a family at these events, but once he did rent a trailer and had it delivered to a campsite. LOL
I am not sure what my daddy would say about the multi-millionaire TV preachers, I tend to be critical, but my daddy would probably have said, “Son I will answer for me, not him when the time comes.”
My dad was a Church of God preacher. There were many times I wished he was Baptist or Methodist, they were less strict. LOL But now? I am proud of my dad. I have good friends in their 70’s that dad performed their marriage ceremony when they were considered kids.. A few old folk around the last church he where he served, still remember him and mama. But his time has past and gone. It is a new world, but he taught me well to respect what I have.
Dad trusted me, and many times I did not deserve that trust. There was one time the Church convention was in Memphis Tennessee and dad could not find a rooming house, so he took a room in the Adler Hotel Annex. Memphis gets HOT in August (Rick would say ‘hotter than Satan’s shoe soles’), the room was not air conditioned. My dad actually bought a tin tub and a 100 lb block of ice and placed the room oscillating fan on the other side to keep mama cool. We laughed about that for years.
Dad gave me a dollar a day for a hot dog and drink. That left some for spending. It was part of God’s money. Maybe, but now it was MY money. I ran with a couple PK’s and we sneaked off to the ‘show’, it was a sin, and I guess that made it more fun. Daddy would have been disappointed in his son.
There is more to the story, so this is like a Saturday morning serial at the show, BTW that was a sin too. Story at eleven as the TV used to say.