This is a guest post by my great friend Gene Krcelic. Gene is a man of faith and a highly devoted family man. He has a beautiful wife, Mary, and two equally beautiful daughters, Caroline and Alexis. He is the author of the new book titled, “Loves Like a Hurricane.” He is a speaker and a advocate for the “least of these.” He is also the President of the Premier Foundation. I believe everyone needs a Gene Krcelic on their team. You can connect with him on Twitter via @krcelic.
“Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost
The Folly Beach summer vacation sun had been baking the top of my scalp through my hair. Usually I would bring a hat or two on vacation to shield my brow but in the rush to get to the Atlantic coastline I forgot to grab one of my 53 lids for a week of reading, body surfing and chilling in the sand. After two days in the 95 degree sun my scalp had had enough.
A quick trip to the Piggly Wiggly for extra bread and milk found me staring at the discount hat rack next to the check out. A wide assortment of South Carolina hats bearing the icons of the Palmetto State flag were stacked according to color: White, beige, blue, black and pink. The black cap first caught my eye. I slipped it on. “Nice look,” I thought checking myself in the two inch by four inch mirror. Then the white and finally the beige.
“What do ya think?” I asked my daughter.
“The beige or the white, definitely,” Alexis said with a chuckle as if she really meant to say “Dad, you’re just not a hat guy.”
“What about you, Caroline,” trying to get assurance from my eldest and hopefully wisest college student.
“Either one is fine,” she shot with not much more assurance.
For some odd reason, with the absurdity that only a dad can muster, I picked up the pink cap and fit it firmly on my head. The pink was so bright I could have sworn it came with a battery pack. To make matters even more intriguing, the Palmetto tree on the front of the pink hat was in bright neon lime green with a thin green line along the brim. Pink and green! Classic!
“How about this one?”