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Happy Easter from the Casa del Whackos!

Dad was raised in church, but has always cautioned me to keep religion out of my posts. A: there are other places for that, and B: more times than not, the “religious” approach is either so heavy handed that it unneccesarily offends or so saccharine that it sickens.

On our last trip out west, dad met a self-proclaimed agnostic follower of my scribblings in Moab, UT who said, ” I have to ask; are you a Christian?”. He didn’t know it, but he had given dad a huge compliment, because that statement told us that the posts had made him pause and consider without being offended.

It would be very easy to draw the analogy between the story of the crate and the story of the tomb, but even I won’t go there. As tempting as it is to compare the relationship between man and God to that between dad and myself, that love provides much better motivation than the threat of eternal punishment, such a comparison skirts a little too close to sacrilege.

I’m a simple-minded dog, and I respond to a simple-minded message, so regardless of who you call “dad” on this Easter Sunday, please consider:

Without Him, there would be no “this”.

I will now utter the words most feared by anyone who has every suffered a long winded sermon: “before I dismiss, please turn with me to (insert scripture here)”. In this case, it’s Psalms 23, the Charlie Bravo Version.

The dad is my servant, I shall not want

I maketh him to lie down without covers, I hoggeth the bed with the others.

 He restoreth my roll: he taketh me on the motorcycle when he would ride solo.

 Yea, though I wreak havoc when others would slumber, I will fear no evil: for I am the Charlie; dad’s  bark and his bite, they amuseth me.

 He preparest a table before me in the presence of mine other inmates: he anointest my head with Frontline; the toilet bowl runneth over.

He leadeth me beside dewy grasses, and waiteth until I do my business, yea, even if I am eternally indecisive as to the ordained location.

He casteth me into outer darkness, only to letteth me back in with weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, as I shall importunately charketh to the heavens until my will is fulfilled.

Verily I sayeth to thee, she that tooteth not her own horn getteth it not tooted.

 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the Casa del Whackos for ever.

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  1. Medusa Habanera

    Not only are you a great writer, but you are hilarious.

  2. Brenda Broy Childress

    Happy Easter Charlie and to the rest of the casa del Whackos. .

  3. Diana O'Connell

    Happy Easter Charlie and crew, don’t chase the bunnies today, they are all tired from delivering baskets last night – but then they skipped me, so perhaps it is okay to chase one or two 🙂

  4. Yvonne Adams

    I love you Charlie. Happy Easter my friends.

  5. H Marie Goodermuth

    Happy Easter Charlie and family.

  6. Patti Saunders

    I love Charlie’s 23 Psalm and the residents if the Casa del Whackos. ❤

  7. Toni Paredes

    Charlie, your version of the psalm is so right and funny!! Have a Happy Easter!!

  8. Becky Casper Wiltsee

    Happy Easter. You shall remain Queen of the Casa. No doubt about that.

  9. Cindy Casper Vondersaar

    Happy Easter to all at the Casa!

  10. Kim Griffin

    Happy Easter Charlie! Dad you have such a wonderful way of writing. The “before I dismiss” brought back a lot of memories. I hope you and the family have a very blessed day.

  11. Mary Hicks

    Happy Easter to all of you!

  12. Marlene Petsche

    Happy Easter to you Charlie girl and your amazing family.

  13. Jeanne Mancinelli

    Happy Easter to all who reside in the casa. CHARK deium Charlie!

  14. Vickie Bellus

    Happy Easter Charlie and family. Your posts they maketh me laugh and bringeth a smile to my face. Thank you for the laughs, love, and happiness you all bring to the world

  15. Serena Nicosia

    Happy Easter to everybody

  16. Jeannine Prince

    Charketh, Charlie, I hope you and all at the Casa have had a wonderful Easter, however you are spending it.

  17. Kathy Moody

    Happy Easter to all the inmates at the Casa del Whacko.

  18. Maria Dawybida Minerley

    Happy Easter, Charlie and company.

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