Finally, the day has come. My kids are going back to school and I'm bawling. It's been a very long holiday for us, with lots of family time, ending in a funeral for a great, great man. I hurried and tried to think of something profound to say as my children walked out the door this morning. All I could think of was "remember who you are!" And Autumn says in all seriousness, "Oh yeah, I remember, Toe-knee Chest-nut!"
"Tony Chestnut" is a joke my Uncle Johnny used frequently to get a laugh. He'd say, "Hey, what's your name?" The person would answer, and then he'd say, no, you're name is "Toe-knee Chest-nut!" and he'd point to the person's toe, knee, chest, and noggin. The joke was just so silly, you couldn't help but laugh.
What a blessing to take time out of our busy lives to remember who we are, who our people are, and who we are in relation to them. And to Autumn, this morning, she was Toe-knee Chest-nut!
To Tony Chestnut!!