Messages from Big Jim
Big Jim and John Denver
Ben Guerin has been my hair dresser since
His shop is in Colorado Springs. I live in Aurora. As you
ladies know when you find someone who is great with your hair and you
trust them, you'll drive for miles for your appointment. I have to
make my appointments months in advance so there is a LOT of praying
going on around the weather when I have appointments in the winter
The first appointment I had after Daddy's
transition was amazing. The trip to Colorado Springs takes at
least an hour when the traffic is good, so I often call family members
out of state. As I drove to Colorado Springs that day, the thought
came to me that I should call my dad. Then I started crying - duh
- he won't answer the phone... I thought I should have been able
to prepare myself for that one - the thought of calling him...
I hadn't eaten breakfast so I stopped in
Castle Rock and went through the drive through at Burger King sniffing
and mopping tears. When I pulled up at the window I turned down
John Denver on the stereo. After getting my food, still sniffling
and wiping my eyes, I pulled out of the parking lot and turned up the
radio. John Denver was singing, "Lady, are you crying, do the
tears belong to me? Do you think our time together is all gone..."
Then I really started to cry - and laugh!
I could see in my minds eye my dad and John Denver high fiving and
slapping each other on the back congratulating themselves on a message
clearly delivered! You would have thought their football team had
just scored - there was excessive celebration going on! I smiled
all the way to the Springs.
Interestingly enough Ben had a "wow"
story to tell me when I got there. He had scheduled a doctor visit
for himself that morning - something his wife always did for him.
As he sat in the doctor's office he looked around and noticed pictures
all over the walls. They weren't of diploma's, they were of Harley
Davidson motorcycles. Daddy connected with Ben before I even got