Hurricanes & Republicans

The Old Fool lived for 30 years in Tampa, Florida and he has a few words for Republicans on hurricanes.  One of the first bits of advice he received on his arrival in Tampa was that he who predicts the weather in Florida is either a Yankee or a fool.  You might have an idea how that turned out!

Also there is a legend from the Native Americans. When the wind and the sky seemed to indicate a hurricane was coming they dropped everthing and headed for  the Tampa Bay Area.   Experience had taught them that hurricanes seldom strike that part of Florida.

The Old Fool, Rhoda, and Rachel

Actually, Rhoda and the Old Fool never experienced a full fledged hurricane in all the fifty-three years they lived in Florida. Once when going on vacation they left their daughter in the care of Ralph and Kathryn Graham. A hurricane hit Tampa and she remembers it well. 

The Grahams lived in a frame house that rested on concrete blocks. Those old Florida pine buildings could toughly resist termites and hurricanes. According to Rachel, she and Kathryn embroidered while the hurricane roared.     

The Bible-reading Republicans should know that the Florida sun shines and its hurricanes pound on the just and the unjust alike. Convention goers will be received in Tampa with a gracious southern hospitality that may include a generous serving of authentic Spanish chicken and yellow rice. The Tampa airport is noted as one of the more convenient ports in the world.


About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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1 Response to Hurricanes & Republicans

  1. Mary Bew says:

    Many of us readers live in or near Tampa. In July, I thought concern about hurricanes hitting Tampa during the convention was needless. What a coincidence that would be! Now, August 24th, I’m watching tropical storm Issac. . .

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