Stories That Choke Me Up

Friday, December 15, 2017

I've struggled over the years to come to grips with my personality flaws. Ask anybody who knows me, I have more than several. The one in particular that we will address today, ladies and gentlemens, is my propensity to tear up way too quickly. I'm the guy who chokes up every time that pitiful rain soaked teddy bear crawls over to the curb and dies in that tracking device commercial. When the daddy finds him and brings him back to the little girly and she hugs him and hugs him and I'm all huck, huck, sniff, sniff. Gets me every single time. 

I cried at the end of Toy Story Three, for cripes sake. But I don't like the word crybaby.  For years I've been telling people I'm a sap because I thought a sap was a crybaby. After this morning, I was forced to look up sap and crybaby.   

No. A sap is "a fool; someone who is prone to being taken advantage of, or who has been taken advantage of, usually in a situation that is easily perceived by others as foolhardy." I could well be described that way but clearly, and verified by all things true and internettal, saps and crybabies are separate dudes. E-info also says a crybaby is a "sissy, wimp, wuss, mama's boy or a pantywaist." I take from that that a crybaby is afraid but I don't cry when I'm scared. It's complicated.  

So if I were honest and clear, I'd describe myself as a clueless pantywaister who's unafraid and who has not yet tried on girls underwear. I'm good with that. The reason I came to that epiphany in the boys room this afternoon is because I wasted two whole panties this morning before 8:30.   

The first was while under the covers with the cell phone as I read Roy Exum. His "Lesbian's Daddy" story is powerful with an upper case P. Tragic and so unnecessary and so avoidable. I'm not much on religion but I do believe and I think people I love are waiting on me up in the clouds. So to me, this story is ultimately really, really beautiful. I did cry. I choked through the shower and the shave and the clothes and into the truck. And right about the time I regained some balance, about halfway to work, the familiar Friday acoustic guitar began and I knew "Story Corps" on NPR was about to come on. "Dear God!" I thought. How about just one pantyflow a day? Alright? Already?  

Remember, I have sap in me so I left the radio on. Very stupid.  

This one was about a black family in Mechanicsville, Tn., which is near Knoxville. The narrator is one of the first black students in a college (don't remember which) and I was sure the story would be about racism. I won't give anything away but I will say that I could not have been more wrong. Please, I beg you to go to the NPR site and listen to this. Don't read it. Listen to it. There are times when a voice means so more than any other form of communication.  

A situation like the story you are going to listen to happened to me once and I thought of that as a big, fat, wet sucker rolled down my face while I sat at the red light at South Broad and 25th. I am encouraged to tears that the world is still good. There are still people out there like the two who raised William Lynn Weaver and his brother Wayne.  

God most certainly blessed them.  

Savage Glascock



Marc Gravitt Is The Best Choice For Register Of Deeds

I tell people that I’ve known Marc Gravitt, “since he was just pup”.  During my many years as CFO and executive vice president of what used to be Union Planters National Bank (now Regions Bank), I worked with Marc on many projects.  Most recently, serving for many years as the former CEO and president of the Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee here in Chattanooga, ... (click for more)

Catherine White Is Fair And Knowledgeable

My name is Lucy Wright and I have been practicing domestic relations law in Hamilton County, Tennessee for the past 21 years.  I have had cases with Ms. White over the years, and have always found her to be a fair, knowledgeable, and diligent opponent. I have also had the pleasure of using Ms. White as a mediator for many of my domestic cases. It is in her role as a mediator ... (click for more)

1 Person Killed In Plane Crash At The Collegedale Airport

A person was killed in a plane crash on the runway of the Collegedale Airport on Friday evening. Charles Swain, who is the director of the airport, said the plane is a total loss. It was a single-occupant plane. He said the plane was taking off when it crashed. He said the person who died frequently had flown out of the Collegedale Airport. The FAA and NTSB are investigating ... (click for more)

$26.2 Million Grant Awarded For Bradley County Veterans Home

A $26.2 million U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs State Veterans Home Grant has been awarded for the construction of the future Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home. “Today is a monumental day for the veterans of East Tennessee, and I am thrilled that they have finally received the long overdue grant funding for the Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home," said ... (click for more)

Red Bank Rolls Past CSAS In Three-Inning Shutout

The Red Bank softball team scored 15 runs on 14 hits in a 15-0 victory over CSAS Thursday at Red Bank. Hannah Wood had a two-run homer and a two-run double to finish the game with four runs batted in while scoring three times. Bailee Phillips was the winning pitcher after going the distance and striking out two and walking two.  She also had three hits and two runs batted ... (click for more)

Moc Golfers Begin Post Season Play Sunday

The Chattanooga Mocs open postseason play Sunday at the Southern Conference men’s Golf Championships. The eight-team field tackles Pinehurst No. 9 in Pinehurst, N.C. The quintet gets started on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., paired with Wofford off No. 1. The Mocs are looking to add to their championships ledger of six team and two individual titles. The squad captured crowns ... (click for more)