You know, when the bull riders slip out of the pens in Heaven, they need someone to announce their names.
I wonder if they always ride out their 8 seconds, or if the announcer brings in the crowd to thank them for the ride?
Do they pledge allegiance to the flag of Heaven, or sing the Star Spangled Banner? Are their clowns telling bad jokes the announcer has to relay to the crowd? Do the barrel riders always make their time? Are there cowboys riding in to save the day when a bronc bucks the cowboy off?
Is there an auction on the corner, where the auctioneer calls out the game?
Sometimes I wonder…
Will the angels recognize his fame?
And then come Sunday morning, will the radio still play the Hallelujah songs of praise and adoration, and will Keith call out the singer’s names?
Chris Creel-Baur spoke my thoughts, “For seven counties wide you heard his voice ring out at 920 am KLMR covering wx, news and up to the minute information but what I loved most was his perfect line up of true country music. His knowledge of the legends was unmatched.”
Like many who grew up in Lamar, I grew up listening to Keith Harmon on the radio, at the rodeo, or at a Saturday Auction, where he took bids on what was sold. When he was the groundskeeper at the fairgrounds, the lawns were the prettiest green, and the trees were tall and bright. He planted flowers, shrubs, and kept the weeds whacked down. Whenever you visited the fairgrounds, he’d take a moment ‘just to talk’. He never hurried, yet he always got things done.
Before youth arrived for day camp, he’d often walk the shady area and check for snakes, removing debris and any ‘pests’ to make it safe for play. I don’t remember Keith Harmon without a smile, and I’ve seen him when he bowed his head to pray.
It’s been awhile since I’ve seen him, he retired, I moved away, but I just thought I’d remember for a moment, a cowboy who walked this way… And remind him, when he gets to Heaven, give a shout to all the friendly folks, and don’t forget to tell them, “Hey!”
For more about Keith Harmon.
To his family, I just want to say, “Thanks for sharing! We appreciated his presence in our lives.”