Hello, I hope this message finds you well and catching all of the fish in rut. I recently read a memoir, Happy, Happy, Happy, by Phil Robertson and I thought of you as the story speaks about enjoying the outdoors as you do and hunting ducks. I am writing to share my thoughts and opinions about the book with you as I think you will enjoy the meat of the story.
Phil starts recollecting his younger years and then speaks through his life’s success of becoming the Duck Commander. Growing up on a small Louisiana acreage in the 50s, Phil’s younger childhood aligns to a great deal of your youth growing up on a South Dakota farm. Phil’s memories include a great deal of creek fishing, squirrel hunting, and harvesting gardens to help his family. As Phil’s passion for ducks started on the bayou at a young age, your passion for the outdoors grew on the prairie at a young age. While Phil handmade hickory slingshots, you made iron potato guns – the jury is still out on whom did more damage with their handmade weapon. As Phil reflects on his childhood years he shares his family was dirt poor, though they always had enough to survive.
Mr. Robertson grew to be a God fearing man, though his young adult years would beg to differ. Phil’s young twenties were filled with playing football at Louisiana Tech with Terry Bradshaw, taking care of his wife Miss Kay and young boys, while doing a great deal of partying. His partying took him down a very dark path of breaking laws, poaching, and binge drinking. The breaking point finally came (SPOILER ALERT) when he asked his wife to leave him: Miss Kay took their boys, renewed her faith in Jesus, and waited for Phil’s return. Three months later Phil found Miss Kay working to support the boys. Phil wanted to be a part of the family once more and asked for his wife’s help. Miss Kay took him directly to her pastor. A day later Phil repented his ways and was baptized in the Lords name. You will have to read the rest of the story to learn how he becomes the infamous Christian Duck Commander.
I award Phil Robertson five out of five buffalos (tell the whole herd) for sharing his life rules of how to be ‘happy, happy, happy.’ I read the story out loud popcorn-style with my father, brother, and sister on a road trip to a family reunion. Phil’s accounts had the car laughing with delight at the wit of the Duck Commander’s story and feeling deep sorrow as Phil struggled before repenting; no wonder the New York Times stamps this book as a number one bestseller. Anyone seeking a grassroots, God-fearing perspective of how to be a ‘happy, happy, happy’ millionaire will enjoy his book as much as a flock of teal-wing ducks landing next to your blind.
All the best,