Heaven and Oats

March 12, 2011

My dad, Mahlon Macy, passed away this week at age 88. Dad had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes. One he told often before he could no longer tell jokes was about an older couple who were thrilled at their recent arrival in heaven. “This is wonderful!” he marveled. “And to think we could have been here sooner if we hadn’t eaten all that oat bran!”

I’m thinking Dad has already told that joke a few times, maybe even to friends who had already heard it.




  1. Karith M. says:

    Howard — So sorry for your loss. And grateful for the eternal hope we have in Christ. You and your family are in my prayers.

  2. Very cute! As the Irish do when a loved one dies, the celebration of that person’s life should include jokes and stories, food and song. Here’s to wishing him a happy, red nose-wearing send-off that will comfort all of you when you hold his funeral later this week.

    • hmacy says:

      Thanks, Marti. I can’t imagine celebrating Dad’s life without remembering how much he enjoyed and stirred up laughter.

  3. Lynn Peery Mills says:

    So sorry to hear of your father’s death, Howard. I have fond memories of his sense of humor invading Evans House at Quaker Hill when he’d come to Richmond for FUM General Boards way back in the 1970s. I’m sure you are right about him telling jokes in heaven!

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