Sunday, September 20, 2009

BBQ and Hotrods at Long's Chapel


To make up for my evening of being a looser at the Bingo table, I met Brenda, my sister in law and my brother, Al, and my nephew, Ben at Long's Chapel for a BBQ and Classic Cars. I always enjoy being with them and today was no acception. There weren't a whole lot of classic cars but what they had was really nice. The food was very good. The dessert was really cute. I think the next time I have a BBQ I'll make them. They had pink icing and half a marshmallow was the snout, two mini choc chips were the nostrils, and the eyes were caramel chips. Too cute.
The people who came to sit at our table asked us where we were from. Brenda told them she lived around Chapin. The elderly couple told us what a wonderful experience they had in Chapin. Their AC in their car went out and they stopped at a car repair off the interstate and the people were so nice, the couple told everyone about it for the last twelve years. The owners drove the couple to a hotel while they waited on a car part and then the owners wouldn't even charge them for their work. That car repair was my brother and sister in law's business there in Chapin. what a small world. The couple thanked my Al and Brenda for being so nice to them when they were in a tough spot. How nice it was to have that happen and the couple were so glad to be able to say thank you now for the help.

4 comments:

Darrell said...

Judy: I love these kind of stories of "what a small world we live in". To me, it is a reminder of the "circle of life", or "karma" or whatever one chooses to call it. It reminds me of one of my strangest "circle of life " stories from my own experience, about 25 years ago. At that time, we were involved in a lot of volunteer work, and we were in charge of a food line, feeding about 400 homeless people a week. We had decided to expand our scope, and I saw a story on Good Morning America about a group in Philadelphia called Trevor's Campaign, led by a 13 year old boy. Long story short, we became the first off-shoot of that ministry, and we started our own campaign here in Oklahoma City, sponsored by Trevor's Campaign in Philly. They had national recognition, with a ceremony at Reagan's white house, and everything. They flew me to Philly to receive a van for our own use in the food line here, and I was to drive it back here to use. There was a ton of media coverage, and it was really something. That's a story in itself: the van never made it. We went through two different engines en route, and the van never made it here. It ended up becoming a feeding trough for a bunch of hogs in London Ohio. But, in the process, I spent time there in Philly with Trevor and his family. We bonded immediately, in a way I could never explain. While I was there, I had a strange feeling about one of the workers there. His name was Barry. One day, as me and Trevor's Mom were driving down the road, I said, "Trevor is in danger, and it involves Barry". We were at a traffic light, and we were being followed by a lady evangelist who was also there to further the work of their campaign to help the homeless. Right after I said those words, that lady evangelist got out of her vehicle, came up to Trevor's Mom's window, and said, "Trevor is in danger, and it involves Barry". It was the STRANGEST MOMENT of my life. And as it turns out, Barry was a recently released convicted child molester, and he had been molesting Trevor. It was a pivotal moment in everyone's life. I realized I wasn't there to get a van, but rather to rescue Trevor from the hell he was going through. This is how I know God is real. To this day, Frank and Janet Ferrell, and their son Trevor, realize what a strange and wonderful thing happened 25 years ago in Philadelphia. Love, Darrell

Judy Roney said...

What an incredible, amazing story,Darrell. That needs to be writting up in some journal somewhere for others to see. I seem to remember Trevor on TV and how he fed the homeless. This story gave me goosebumps. Thank you for seeing what your purpose was and for doing it. Love you!!!

Mary said...

What a neat time you had with Brenda, Al, and Ben. You are really lucky to have so many relatives that you enjoy doing things with. The story about the elderly couple is phenomenal. Small world indeed!

William said...

That is such a cool story. I absolutely love it.