Monday, April 09, 2007

Dad Honored by the Sertoma Club

Last week, my dad was honored by the Port Arthur Sertoma Club and was given their Service to Mankind award. Click here to read the newspaper article.

It was quite an honor and also sort of a roast. All of the speakers were really funny and they all told stories about things I hadn't thought about in years. You mean everybody's parents don't...
  • teach Red Cross swimming classes (mom and dad)
  • work with children with disabilities (and teach them swimming, too)
  • ride unicycles in Orange Bowl parades
  • entertain the kids at St. Jude's Children's hospital
  • sew clown uniforms, Wacky Wizard uniforms, Nutty Professor uniforms, my brother's Dingles the Clown uniforms (that would be mom)
  • set, tease and comb out clown wigs (mom again)
  • try out all their new magic tricks and jokes on the family
  • know jokes for every occasion and tell them constantly
  • tie animal balloons
  • juggle
  • draw caricatures
  • make their own ventriloquist puppets
  • come to meals in full clown make-up scaring the new in-laws (didn't have time to change between parties)
  • perform Master of Ceremonies duties at tons and tons of pageants and talent shows (those were fun)
  • do all of the above while also working a full-time refinery job (dad), full-time credit union job (mom) and raise four kids who all turned out to be relatively normal.

Videos and photos below.


Sylvana said...

Your parents sound amazing!
I wish I could be that productive.

Susan in St. Paul said...

Yeah, Laurie's Dad! (and Mom!)

I know, its so strange you grow up thinking all parents are like yours and it is kind of shocking when you find out they aren't.

I like that "relatively" normal bit ;-)

How can an author remove their post? and given the time... lol

Susan in St. Paul said...

oh I see if you have blogger there is a trash can for you to use, how convenient!

Laurie said...

Sylvana - They're pretty busy folks.

Susan - It is strange that as kids, we never think about how other people live.

Jen T. (soon to be E.) said...

Your dad is a pretty cool dude... for a clown. ;)

Yay for Red and Ruby. (Hello, Fate?) :)

Laurie said...

Jen - I forgot you're scared of clowns. Isn't that funny about their names?!

Lorna said...

you should be so proud!

Laurie said...

Lorna - I definitely am.