Our eldest daughter YoHanna May loves to wear an attractive wrist watch, her cell phone and I-Pad also have clocks built right into them, but for some reason the world around her must operate on Hanna central time. She’ll be there when she gets there, and not one minute before.
When she was a little girl her teachers would gripe about her always being late for class, but they did nothing about it. No punishment, no detention after school, which I know she would have been late for if she had been required to go. Plus, always good marks on her report cards for punctuality and attendance, it was as if the world conspired with her.
When she got married in 2001 she was late to the church and late for both of her receptions she had one at our house and one at Chris’s family farm. She left the church to my house far and above ahead of everybody else and still arrived after all the guests did. That one I never figured out. BTW she was in the first car to leave my house and was still late arriving at the farm.
My Granddaughter Heather Colleen sometimes will spend the weekend at our house, one Sunday morning I asked Colleen if she would like to come with Coco the Flying Labrador and I for a purok walk. She said she couldn’t as her mother was picking her up at 07:00, I started laughing and looked at her and asked; “Who will be picking you up?” She smiled and said; “Lolo lets go for that walk!”
Don’t get me wrong as we all love her dearly, and have been well schooled in her tardiness. Her husband Chris is the kind of great guy that just smiles and waits. Like he or I, ever had a choice.
So today, (Thursday 8 Aug.),Chris and Hanna are taking Mayang, Ymir Thea and Ate Clara to San Fernando Pampanga so all five may renew their passports. Thank all that is Holy that the Philippines Passport office at the Mall doesn’t require appointments. Little Dude is going for the ride but he has the passport with the eagle imprinted upon its blue cover.
I foolishly asked what time they were departing and was told 0800, that response caused me to chuckle inwardly. For I know the truth. At 0910 I see the group standing under the carport looking down the road yearningly, awaiting the “Late One.” Tick tock, tick tock time is marching on. I’m thinking all is normal here in Never-never Land where time never passes.
Taking a chance, I looked at the group and said; “Eight O’clock you say, remember it could be the other one. There are two each day.” All heads turned and I got “THE LOOK” from everyone, except my Grandson the “Little Dude” as he could care less. As a matter of fact he decided to take a nap. He’s a very astute young man.
This does not affect me at all, as I elected to stay at the house and maintain a vigil with my trusty dog army. Our plan is to take naps and protect the hearth and home from evil doers. We know this will be a very long trip, as I had said earlier there is a MALL involved.
Tick tock, 09:30 no Hanna on the horizon, situation normal. Paul, is using his cagy brain to ponders the situation for a minute and figured out that, my LiP deadline is looming, nothing much has happened this week, So I ask myself could I do it? Could I dare to attempt to write this week’s LiP article in the time it will take for YoHanna to get here! So while Ate Clara, Mayang Ymir Thea and my napping Grandson are waiting, I’ll see if I can’t knock out a Lip Article while racing against the clock. Place your bets at the window folks; I feel a challenge coming on.
Ah but will I be able to make it, do I have enough time, hell yeah it’s my Hanna, I can set my watch by her. Oh wait, I gave away my watch to my father-in-law the day I retired back in 2000.
I’m going to stop hunting and pecking for a moment and take my camera outside and see what’s going on. I’m back it’s now 10:17 the Enova has arrived 2 hours and 17 minutes late or on time; if you view it through my daughters eyes.
Mmmm the dogs are now on patrol, it must be time for my morning nap. I’ve taken pictures, I‘ve finished writing, my work here is done. Oh a one last item is the beer cooler is well stocked, ready for me to awaken again! Oh yes, pray tell of course it is!
At 1700 hours all wandering family members have returned to the fold safe and sound. Another adventure that I was smart enough to avoid There are many instances where the services of the Kano are just not requires and are best left to the people born into this unique culture called the Philippine Island, As you might wonder at the arrival time of 17:00, which seems a bit early, I found that YoHanna had some place else to be and she was already late.
Oh, the beer was good!