A friend reminded me of Jim’s sleight-of-hand trick with the yellow foam bunnies today. Â He always had jokes and tricks ready to go, and kept them in his pocket! In fact, I cannot remember a time since I met him in 1977 that he was not always at the ready. Â He wore out several sets of those bunnies and I accidentally washed them many times over the years, along with toothpicks, chapstick and guitar picks.Â
That bunny trick was always one of my favorites. Â I remember how he learned to speak some Spanish so he could do the story with kids in Mexico. Â It is his own version of the classic Peter Rabbit story. And every once in awhile he would moralize it! Â He would remind kids to eat their veggies and not to overeat. Â He would encourageÂ his audience to always listen and obey their mom. Â And his version of the story was primarily about putting your family first – especially your spouse!
I got another photo of an encouragement he wrote to a student years ago which I have included.