Continued from my earlier post Welcome to Guam: 2002 (part 9).
“7/11/03 (e-mail to G8r from his mother): Mr DL is so funny. He has made a tie rack for your daddy for his birthday. He is so proud of it. He has it in a box and keeps moving it around the house so your daddy will not find it, and then he asks your daddy if he is going to go in the particular room that he has it hidden in. He left the box in the family room the other day, and he saw your daddy walk in the room. He saw the box and sauntered over to it so as not to attract attention to himselft, closed it, and started whistling and looking around the room as he carried it out and into another room. It was hilarious. SR and I saw him and tried not to laugh. He did not know that we saw him. He is dying to tell your daddy about it. He may last until Monday!!!! Love you, Mama”
Mr DL (our youngest) was 6 at this time.
“7/11/03: That is so funny, but it is Mr DL. He is such a neat kid. I wish I were there to see him. I know that they are having a wonderful time in Florida. I wish that they could stay longer. This last month has been challenging but the det as a whole is very strong and I like to think that I have done things right. It was nice talking to you on the phone today. Love, G8r”
“7/14/03: We finally got to go fishing on Saturday. It started out very nice and cool. We left the house at 6:30 am and arrived at the marina around 8:00. We started out at “Spotty Bottom” and caught fish immediately (shark and catfish). The action was furious then your daddy looked south and saw a (big!) water spout on the horizon. We could not tell which direction it was moving but later figured that we were about 5 miles north of it and it was moving NNW. We dashed back to the river and stayed there for about an hour then went to the restaurant for lunch. After lunch it was clear, so we went back out. All of the kids got to drive the boat and they really enjoyed that. We caught more sharks, stingrays, and one sailor’s choice (which we all tasted for lunch the next day). All in all a very successful day. Today we are baking a cake for your daddy’s birthday. Love you, Mama”
“7/16/03: Well, we just got home from the airport. Man it is quiet around here! They took off at 7:45 am and will be in California around 3 pm EDT. I hope they got to do all the things that they wanted to do. I know we certainly enjoyed the time they were here. One last thing we did before they left: We loaded the dogs in the back of the truck and let Jay drive around to the peanut field. He was grinning from ear to ear when your daddy handed him the keys. More later. Love you, Mama P.S. He also got to drive a tractor with James riding along. I know he enjoyed that also.”
Jay had turned 13 just before we arrived in Florida.