Barbara and Jerry Johnson have made decorating a statue in front of their Piedmont home a tradition and after a recent storm damaged their property they used the statues as a way to bring humor to the situation. (Photo by Greg Evans)
Anyone who has driven on Edmond Rd. west of Piedmont Rd. has probably noticed the statue of twin boys which sits in front of Barbara and Jerry Johnson’s house. The boys seem to always have seasonal headgear on and have recently been spotted sporting construction helmets.
During the Aug. 8 storm, a camping trailer was thrown against the Johnson’s home. The trailer, which belonged to one of their sons, caused extensive damage to the west side of the home.
“We were in Creede, Colorado at the time,” Barbara said. “Our friends helped us while we were gone by putting tarps over the damage and they started to clean up while we were driving back.”
“We left Creede almost as soon as we heard about the damage and got back home at around 2 a.m. the next day,” Jerry said. “You always paint a mental picture of what something like this was going to be like, and it was much worse than we had imagined. We’re very thankful for our friends who helped us and our boys who immediately came out to look at the house.”
When the couple got back and started to clear away debris, one of their sons said the boys need construction helmets.
“I was kind of confused when he said that,” Barbara said. “I thought that we were a little bit past the construction helmet phase, but he said ‘no, for the boys.’ So, we went to Party Galaxy and they had the construction helmets and caution tape. When people would come to help us, they would be ready to work but we were out decorating the boys. It’s a way for us to keep humor in this whole situation.”
Barbara and Jerry say that decorating the statue of the twin boys comes from the fact that they are retired school teachers who were always used to decorating their bulletin boards for class. After their sons moved away and the Johnsons moved to Piedmont, they thought the front of their home needed some kind of decoration. In the RV park they visit in Colorado, many people express themselves by using statues and they saw the statues in Edmond and thought it might be interesting to have one for their home. When they saw the statue of twin boys, like their twin boys, they couldn’t pass it up.
“When we saw the inquisitive boys (on the ladder) we thought it would be perfect for us,” Jerry said. “Our boys were always getting into something. The first time we decorated them was around Christmas time. Our boys were always big into putting up Christmas lights, and we thought it would be fun to make it look like the boys were hanging up lights but weren’t quite done yet.”
Jerry strung some lights from the corner of the house and draped it down to where the statue was and the rest, one might say, is history. Santa hats and scarves soon followed.
“In March, we have fishing hats on them because we always have liked to go fishing,” Barbara said. “When July comes, they hold flags and wear baseball caps. Then in the fall out come the football helmets. Our daughter-in-law is an OU graduate and our son went to OSU, so we had to have both schools. But let’s just say the OSU helmet is placed in the ‘right’ place. Halloween is always fun because we dress them up like Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.”
The Johnsons say the community has noticed the statues and people are always wondering what the boys are going to do next. Several people have mentioned that the statue is something they always look for when driving down Edmond Rd.
“It might seem a little childish to some,” Barbara said, “but we try to keep the humor in everything and keep us smiling. Now that the construction is done on our home, we’re putting away the hard hats. It’s football season.”