Tuesday, May 15, 2007

On the border

I posted the following excerpt from Jerry Falwell's autobiography a couple of years ago, after it got quoted by The New Yorker, but given the eulogizing that's bound to go on over the next couple of days, it's worth repeating.
There were times that Dad's pranks bordered on cruelty. One of his oil-company workers, a one-legged man he nicknamed "Crip" Smith, complained about everything. Dad and Crip's co-workers got tired of the old man's bellyaching and decided to take revenge. One morning Crip called in sick and Dad volunteered to send by lunch to his grateful but suspicious employee. Dad and his chums caught Crip's old black tomcat, killed it, skinned it, and cooked it in the kitchen of one of Dad’s little restaurants. They called it squirrel meat and delivered it to Crip on a linen-covered tray. When Crip returned to work the next morning, Dad and his co-conspirators asked him how he liked his meal. They knew he would complain even about a free home-cooked lunch, and when Crip called it "the toughest squirrel meat" he had ever eaten, they were glad to tell him why.

Really, it's just like a parable.


M. Bouffant said...

"Dad," I assume, is the Reverend Falwell's father?
This couldn't be one of the Rev's sons talking about him, could...no, he never worked a day in an oil field in his life...

Jim Donahue said...

Right--that's Jerry F. writing about his father.