Are You Hep to the Lane?

Hello Redwood! Fire Lane here with a cool word from a long time ago.


Yep, hep.

That’s what I said, (just like my rabbit friend who now sells bread).

But what’s “hep” mean you ask?

Experts who study the history of words say it was first used in 1908 in the “Saturday Evening Post” in a line from a song.

“Hep! Hep! Get into step!”

No one’s exactly sure where it came from, but it seems to have meant “aware and up-to-date.” By the late 1930s and early 1940s, it meant “cool” and was the precursor to “hip.”

By the 1950s, those who used “hep” were ironically considered to be “out-of-date” once “hip” had become more popular.

chivalryBut whatever word you may use to mean something is acceptable or “cool” may I offer a suggestion to the gentlemen of Redwood?

It’s always in style to open the doors for ladies, no matter their age, no matter your age, no matter what else may be hep, hip, or happenin’.

Are you hep to the Lane?

Men and brethren, when’s the last time you opened a door for your sisters in Christ?

As Paul once wrote to Timothy, men are to honor “younger women as sisters, in all purity.” For this, as well as showing respect to your mom or grandmother, “is pleasing in the sight of God.”

Pleasing in the sight of God to be hep.

Yep, hep.

That’s what I said.

So guys, be respectful and open doors for the women in your life.

Are you hep to the Lane?