91 Years YOUNG! The BEST 2-1/2 hours of conversation I’ve spent in years! @ Johnson’s Rock Shop (Video at the end!)

The WONDERFUL, EXCITING and FUN - Mr. Otis T. Johnson of Johnson's Rock Shop in Livingston, Texas (What an honor to meet this man!!!)

Both my daughter and a friend of my sister’s had told me about Johnson’s Rock Shop in Livingston, Texas.  Ok, cool – some pretty rocks to see right?! I mean I’m expecting a tiny room with some fancy rocks…eh…ok..not EVEN close…boy, was I wrong!!! This is a magical adventure and somewhat of a “spiritual” one for this chick!! When I tell you it’s in the middle of nowhere…I’m talking you will be driving on 100% dirt roads!!! Was it worth the trip??? OMG yes!!!! Upon my arrival, as Mr. Johnson sat on the two-seater porch bench, he asked me if I’d been here before? When I told him no, but two people raved about it, he patted the cushion beside him and told me to have a seat and he’d give me a little history about it.  That began and turned into the best 2 1/2 hour conversation I’ve had with anyone in years!!! I just love this man!!!  His wit, intelligence, sharp mind and winning personality to match all of this was such a gift to behold! I absolutely had the time of my life speaking with Mr. Johnson! However, once I was invited into his Music Room, and I finally got to see the beautiful photos of the late Mrs. Johnson, his bride of 71 years who unfortunately passed away at age 92 on September 12, 2016, that is where the real passion and liveliness just exploded!!  To hear Mr. Johnson speak about his wife, Margie Louella aka Momma and hear how very deeply he is still in love with her was like having a secret part of a romantic movie!!! It was the most sincere and heartfelt love story I may have EVER heard a man express and/or truly feel for ANY human being EVER! It’s a moment in time I will NEVER forget! My words are just not sufficient!!  He’d tell me all about his beautiful wife, with the great, long legs that looked like Marilyn Monroe.  Then he recited some of the poetry he’s written which was every bit as special. Later in the Music Room though, I got a HUGE treat! Mr. Johnson sung for me one of his original songs with the original recording he had made of it – sorta like karaoke but singing along to his own music if you will.  Even broke out his harmonica to accompany it! Is there ANYTHING Mr. Johnson CAN’T do?! Nope, I doubt it….plumbing, AC work, electrical, auto repair – you name it as back in the day you had to learn these things! That said, I stayed way past closing time chatting with Mr. Johnson as he sipped a mini Bud and I had a lemon-lime soda.  While I simply ran out of time (I am somewhat night blind and it was getting late), I never even got around to “shopping” there as the conversation to me, with Mr. Johnson, was worth sooooo much more than anything else – but I will for SURE be going back and buying some gifts and maybe a treat for me – saw some beautiful jewelry pieces!!! I will forever be grateful of my afternoon with Mr. Johnson and hope I get to have many more!!!! He is really the TRUE GEMSTONE there!!!!

PS Mr. Johnson’s grandson is in the process of producing a DVD of Mr. Johnson’s poetry and songs soon….I will be ready with my cash the second they are available!!! Treat yourself too and if you EVER get the chance to go…GO!!!! Beautiful rocks and souls!!!

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Front View of Johnson’s Rock Shop – 238 N. Lincoln Wiggins St., Livingston, TX 77351
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So you walk down the drive and see all this petrified wood, a bazillion million rocks and that my friends, is just the beginning!!
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Sorry, I love animals and couldn’t resist getting this one 🙂
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Yep, this is a mere glimpse of what you will see – tip of the iceberg!
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Might want to call first to be sure they are open as they are not open on Sunday’s anymore
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Each of these individual rooms have treasures waiting for you inside! It’s really magnificent and all built by Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and their children.
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If you look at the room on top, that’s what Mr. Johnson built for his son, Tommy 🙂 – he’s so very proud of all of his children and grandkids!
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There’s more to discover around each corner!
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But this…this is the BEST room!!! It’s Mr. Johnson’s Music Room! He insisted on playing me a Merle Haggard song that illustrated his point of how Merle would often sing a song then tell the story behind it.  In this case about Jimmie Rodgers, which is a favorite artist of Mr. Johnson’s (see proof of this below:) ) .  I promised I’d find a particular cd of Merle’s called “Same Train – A Different Time:  A Tribute to Jimmie Rodgers” with a PS that if I didn’t like it, he’d even pay me back for it! 🙂 Love that confidence and passion!

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I’m saving the music video for later, but listen to his great poetry. The first for his beautiful bride :). Second for teenagers 🙂

He said this poem was for me 🙂 – how can anyone not adore this man and his zest for the love of his life, Margie – his passion for his music, songwriting and poetry…oh, yea…and the Johnson Rock Shop 🙂

Sorry that my words just can’t possibly capture or express my beautiful few hours with Mr. Johnson but I tried 🙂

Enjoy!

Elizabeth and Max

8 thoughts on “91 Years YOUNG! The BEST 2-1/2 hours of conversation I’ve spent in years! @ Johnson’s Rock Shop (Video at the end!)”

  1. Loved reading about Johnson’s Rock Shop! I have actually heard of this place, but have never been there. I went to college at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches…not too far away from Livingston. When I was in school…oh so long ago…we went to Lake Livingston or is it Livingston Lake? I imagine that all I could think about was going to the lake! I wonder if his shop was open back then!

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