Joy and happiness reign throughout my house this week, Cecil my son-in-law is home from his ten months in Kodiak Alaska, he had started in Dutch Harbor but decided a different Island would be better. So he moved further north, it made sense to him.
Thursday morning (18 April) Mayang and Ymir Thea were running it ten directions at once getting ready for the trip to Mega Manila’s NAIA to pick up Cecil. Yours truly stayed at home to protect the dog Army from any harm befalling them. Okay the truth is, as I’ve pointed out in the past, I’d rather take a whooping from a very large man then venture into the city limits of Manila.
All day foods were being prepared and preparations made for Jayden’s first trip to his Nations Capital. He didn’t really seem to care one whit about any of it. But that’s how an 11 month old kid is.
So we’re approaching 1800 hours and the Van just pulled up and the loading commenced car seats stroller diaper bag and toys. Plus the cooler of food, I pointed out to all involved that along the highway every few miles there were food stops that I could really afford for them vice having to bring their own. That is when Mayang, her sister Clara Ymir Thea and my niece Shea-Shea all turned at once and gave me the “LOOK”, I shut up and my grandson Little Dude just grinned at me because even though he can’t talk yet he knew his Lolo was in deep doo-doo. It would have been the perfect time for him to perform one of his cute antics and bail me out, but he passed on that.
They departed and I was left to fend for myself at the old homestead well me and the 13 members of the dog army. I went up stairs with the three in the house dogs and turned on the air con, and started to read, blazing page by page through my android electronic book reader thingy with a full charged battery. I woke up and read some more.
Airport0430 and the doorbell goes off, well actually I ripped the wires out of the doorbell my first week of retirement as kids found a great joy in pushing the button and dashing up the street. But now I have the dog army to tell me when someone is at the gate. I know which bark is the doorbell, vice the no reason barking.
I must admit it was good to see Cecil my long lost son-in-law as I really did miss him while he was gone. Now the unloading of the van is going full blast, people luggage and Jayden’s stuff and the cooler full of uneaten food, it seems that they do open the food courts along the highway 24/7. Who would have figured that?
So for my first time in 66 years on Earth I ate a double whooper from Burger King for breakfast, not bad but cold pizza will always be my number one choice.
Jayden and I went to sleep and let the Tagalog reminiscing begin. (I speak some Spanish and a lot of English, and the Jay-man has his own language.) I awoke at 0900 and found the family in the front yard and my grandson and five rubber ducks in a tiny swimming pool splashing everyone he could BTW the boy was buck naked! My other Son-in-law Chris and my daughter YoHanna plus the light of my life my granddaughter Colleen had dropped by on the way to swimming practice So I was very pleased, sometimes it really is the little things in life that bring the most joy.
Then Cecil turns to us and declared hot it was, I smiled and said; “Missing Alaska already are you?” His next job is in Hawaii never to return to Alaska again. I can’t say that I blame him.