What does that mean? We, in the truest sense are all under the weather, unless you’re on a 747 flying above it. At 5 AM I wrote an E-mail to LiP Headquarters telling Bob, I had nothing this week, as I was under the weather.
Okay, now here is the truth, I was not wearing my big boy shorts, my grandson is now in Atlantic Beach Florida with his Mama and Papa as it should be but his grandfather is in a funk. Yeah I miss the little dude. Every day from the day he was born 3 years ago he would be one of the first things I see, (After that 1st cup of coffee) I’d be sitting at my computer annoying people on Facebook, when in he would come and shout; “Hello Daddy-bow” Never Gramps, Pawpaw, Lolo or any other normal name for a grandfather just “Daddy-Bow” I’ll accept that!
William J. Thompson from Country Clair Ireland immigrated to Boston MA. at the turn of the 1900’s and his son William J. Thompson (My Dad) was born a citizen of our great nation.
In 1939 another William J. Thompson was born (My big brother) and he could not pronounce any of the normal grandfatherly sounding names. So my proud now American Grandfather (Formerly from Ireland) was duly named Too-Too (Later shortened to Toot).
By the end of the 1940’s my grandfather was known to all as “Toot” even by his fellow workers in the house building trades. I never knew his name was William until I was a teenager. So I am and will always be “Daddy-Bow” to my grandson Jaden.
BTW my 12 year old granddaughter (Heather Coleen) calls me “Lolo Daddy Paul” because all the nieces and nephews call me “Daddy Paul” But that is far better than “Hey Joe” (Unless your name is really Joe).
Anyway, my e-mail account is full everyday with pictures of Jaden’s (The Lil Dude) adventures in Florida. Lonesome he is not and the same goes for my daughter Ymir Thea who took to Florida like a duck to a pond. My son-in-law Cecil has a vast extended family in the area so there is no time to be missing the Philippines as they had already moved part of Olongapo there with them.
Facebook messenger phone calls (I really didn’t know you could do that.), Skype-ing and all the new fangled high tech stuff my new (Mayang’s old) cella (Smart) phone can do. What an age we live in. Ja-Bow (Jaden, if he can name me then….) is happy to be in Florida with his parents and the rest of that side of the family. Visiting places and swimming pools and all the great stuff Florida has to offer. (BTW in the 1960’s I lived in Atlantic Beach Florida too.)
So at 0630 AM I just e-mailed fearless leader “Bob” of Mindanao fame, that I just put my big boy shorts back on, and stopped feeling sorry for myself. (Oh poor me, damn I sound like a liberal) Yes,I miss that little tyke, Yes,I wish he had stayed forever, but I was right (Okay his Mother was right) to teach him English first to help him adjust to Florida life.
Hmmmm it sounds like there might be a trip to Florida in my future, and a trip to Disney World (The Mouse Factory) It will be nice to see Orlando again as I lived there for a couple of years. But Ja-Bow will be my prime motivator for me getting on another air plane.
Oh and a joyous 239th birthday to my US of A.