Secret Agent Man

"Secret Agent Man" by Jake Frost (

Harris & Ewing, photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In the midst of our back-to-school preparations I was running errands with my kids: school supplies, clothes, shoes, haircuts, etc. Moving from store to store I chatted with clerks and cashiers as we went. At one stop I shared a laugh with a clerk over some idle bit of humor in the midst of our consultation on available sizes, and when he left to get something from a back room my six-year-old leaned forward and said: “Dad, you’re like a secret agent. You’re really old and wheezy, but you go around and everyone just thinks you’re a regular middle-aged guy.”

Now that was a laugh-out-louder. And it put a smile on my face for the whole day. Because, believe it or not, you reach a point in life when the words “you don’t look a day over 45!” bring cheer to your heart.

And I’ve reached that point.

So my heart was cheered.

I’m not so sure about the “old and wheezy” part, but I’ll focus on the second half of the sentence.

Which is a great spiritual lesson: wishful thinking makes for a happy life.

No, wait, that’s not it.

Pardon me while I have a senior moment.

Oh yes, now I remember: the Bible says: “Do not give heed to all the things that men say, lest you hear your servant cursing you; your heart knows that many times you have yourself cursed others.” (Ecclesiastes 7: 21-22)

I wish it hadn’t taken me as many years as it has to recognize the wisdom in those words, but I guess you’re never too old and wheezy to learn something new!

Copyright 2019 Jake Frost


About Author

Jake Frost is the author of The Happy Jar, (a children’s picture book), Catholic Dad, (Mostly) Funny Stories of Faith, Family and Fatherhood to Encourage and Inspire, and a book of poetry, From Dust to Stars. He is a lawyer in hiatus, having temporarily traded depositions for diapers and court rooms for kitchens to care for his young children. He comes from a large family in a small town of the Midwest, and lives near the Mississippi River with his wife and kids.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for giving me a good laugh. It reminded me of my sister, who as a 2 year old child, was convinced that our 29 year old mother was older than great grandma who was 83.

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