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Daughter Number One and the Roof Episode
Our number one daughter, Nancy, has a lovely voice, but it can be strident at times. By "num-ber one" daughter, I hastily add she is the first of our five daughters. She had a lovely voice as a child when she sang in the children's choir in the First Methodist Church in Comanche, where she still sings each Sunday when in church.

But now, when she approaches our home and sees me on top of our house sweeping the live oak leaves and other debris out of the valleys of our roof, her voice has not the lovely lilt I recall so well.
It is so shrill as she screams, "Daddy, what are you doing on top of that house? You get down from there immediately before you fall and break something! Do you hear me!" 

How could I help hearing her, the whole community could!  I said, "I hear you, Nancy, but for some 50 plus years—hopefully ahead of rain, I have been climbing on top of this house and sweeping it, and it is very seldom I fall off of this house and break something."

Nancy exclaimed, "I do not care. You get down from there this instant and don't let me ever catch you walking around on top of this house ever again. Do you hear me!"
I heard her and since then, I have been very careful to be sure she is nowhere around  when I drive my pickup under the patio, very carefully crawl on top of the house, slowly and carefully crawl around over the roof and sweep out the valleys (trying not to wake Lucille, and if there should be some stool pigeon who tells on me, I will say it must have been someone else).
If Nancy reads this in the Chief (if they are foolish enough to print it), I will remind Nancy of her granddad Hugh O'Brien's admonition, "Never believe everything you see or hear, have been told, or what you read in the paper."
.....even the Comanche Chief!

Now a word of advice to the young who may be planning a home, you may consider the live oak as a tree of beauty as I do. However, you should never plant your house under a live oak. Use the live oak as a background or in the yard but never let it shade your new home. Live oaks are lively year round. With them it is the mating season when the blossoms fall, then the new leaves as the season advances, then the bearing season when the acorns mature and fall, and then the mature leaves as they prepare to start the cycle all over again.


Printed in the Comanche Chief newspaper, May 2002