I am excited to tell you that my Filipino friends, Jason and Felda, safely arrived
back from their extended vacation. As she was arriving at work, we all hugged
her and asked how things went. I was pleased that she brought me a couple of
treats. (They are wrapped candies and these layered cookies with cinnamon and
sugar on them.) She told me to meet her outside work, on Monday, because she
was going to give me something no one else was getting! When we left work, she
gave me a pretty, new t-shirt from Hong Kong.
While we ‘got one back,’ we will have to say goodbye Friday, to Mary Jane. She will
leave on Saturday morning heading off to the Philippines. (She is from a different
island from our mutual friend, Felda, she met here in the U.S. In fact they have
different dialects, unique ‘clicking sounds’ that vary from one part of the islands
to another.) It has been three years since M.J. visited her family and she was so
excited to spend time with her family. Unfortunately, James, her husband was not
able to take time off from his government post. M.J. will use the same airlines, also
one that curves around Russia, not entering any of their air space. By going out of
its way, the plane circumvents any possible dangerous disasters or attacks.
Felda showed me gorgeous photographs of Kridia Dawn, snorkeling in clear blue
water and her hands are outstretched to touch: sharks! I was curious about the
experience but she said these sharks have little teeth and don’t eat anything but
plankton. The kinds of sharks could be sand tiger sharks, goblin sharks, or whale
sharks that are considered ‘safe’ to swim with. I will have to check which one she
may have allowed her daughter and husband to swim with.
The baby, “Zachie Poo,” was passed around and held constantly. He is toddling
around holding onto hands and surfaces. (I have written about his baby shower,
when Felda was expecting him, along with this precious and affectionate baby’s
christening.) Felda’s mother adored Zachary, which was very nice to have taken
those memorable photographs to show him when he grows up.
I was saddened, when Felda privately told me that her Aunt, her mother’s older
sister, had had a heart attack the day they left. I was very concerned about her
hospitalization. In the long time past, I had posted that Felda’s nephew, Vincent,
had not lived past age 8, since the Philippines’ hospital requires money up front
and he had a serious blood disease. He had some transfusions, provided by our
coworkers’ collections, along with her St. Mary’s Catholic Church donations for
his continued health care. There were many of us, trying and scrambling to figure
out how to ‘beat’ the system and the clock on his life.
Felda told me that her mother had put a ‘lien’ on her house, as collateral for her
sister’s hospitalization and surgery to repair her heart. I wrung my hands, teary-
eyed, wishing I had more that I could do for them. Felda told me that she will
ask at church again, for any helpful donations towards this situation. Felda told
me to explain to my fellow bloggers, that their health system is not like ours. We
need to feel blessed that we have a more open system for admissions at our own
hospitals. You don’t hear too often of little ones being turned away, like her cousin
Other news, my friend and coworker, Tina, went to court with her case being
reduced to simply one that requires community service for her “hit and run”
incident with a security guard at her work. They also received, as a family, from
their church a substantial donation towards a much needed vacation.
Tina was able to take her daughter, her husband, (for those who don’t follow
my posts about my coworkers and friends too closely, he has threatening
cancer), her oldest daughter and two of their grandkids to Gatlinburg,
Tennessee last week. She was back, tanned and refreshed from her vacation.
No repercussions other than court costs, so they are not going to have their
budget too stretched by the unfortunate accident or incident.
I think this will set a lot of sympathetic commenters’ minds to rest! I was
relieved that the court did take Tina’s remorse and stressful home situation
My coworker and friend, Mark C., who I admit to having a ‘crush’ on, recently
confided that his mother has not been out of his house, for over 2 years. I had
not pictured her being in such failing health.Mark told me, this is due to her
serious illness and aging process that she is going through.
Although, you know I am an “open book,” Mark is not. I thanked him for this
most recent revelation. It helps explain some of the “why?” he has never called.
I kept his very neat note, which was to recommend the trilogy of Frank McCourt’s
By the way, Mark is the one I gave my cell phone number in November to call me.
I had suggested if he should ever need to talk or wish to eat out with me, “Dutch
Treat,” to let me know. . . (Do we still say this?!)
I told him recently, “Friends can wait until circumstances allow more time. You
can call me anytime, if you wish to have a someone to lean on.”
This coworker, Mark, is a truly gentle, soft-spoken man; more than a ‘gentleman.’
This is a lot different from my friend, Amy’s situation, since her Roy has taken
advantage of her. That book’s chapter is NOT closed, by the way!
Peggy fell off her ‘center rider’ while attempting to do ‘heavy bulk.’ She is one of
the two ‘aunts’ that I am friends with, who have a niece that is my oldest daughter’s
very best friend. She recently turned 60 and is still happy with her independent
man, Tim. (Almost 15 years of living in separate homes, but still ‘together.’)
Peggy’s sister texted me back and forth, about her progress at the hospital. While
there, she had a CAT-scan and x-rays on her head. Peggy came back after just 2
days’ off, since the doctor didn’t write an excuse for ‘light duty.’ I worry about
her not waiting, since inside her head I am sure it is slowly healing.
And now, the Grand Finale!
My biggest update for the week is after I had long day on Monday. . .
I was very dismayed to see over 20 forces, police, sheriff and helicopters, all over
the place in Delaware. They were on a serious search for a “dangerous”carjacker.
I could not proceed home across the railroad tracks on London Road. There were
three police cars blocking the railroad tracks on either side. I had to turn left and
head north on crooked Curtis Street. I had my eyes bulge out of my head, my
hands shaking like a leaf and knees nearly knocking, when I saw armed men!
They had flak vests on, looking into dumpsters, into the unused warehouses and
the ones that still have windows in them, along this curvy road.
They were looking for a fugitive from Franklin County, who had stolen someone’s
car. The owner had enlisted someone close by where the car was taken, to chase
their own car! There was a kind of ‘chip’ that would determine the car’s location,
then once the police were called in, it became a cross country and across-county-
lines car chase.
When I arrived at the library, the librarian looked up the television news to show
me the progress the whole search was managing. We had a discussion about the
way the one helicopter was diving down and then up again. We wondered what
possible reason they would have SWAT teams included.
There literally were men with rifles out, going around the corner within yards of
the cars that were being sent this direction! There were black dogs, also German
Shepherd dogs, with their harnesses leading them into and out of warehouses
along this stretch.
When I got around the curves, I saw a nice, local man who walks around town with
a Panama hat and a Hawaiian shirt strolling along by the Re-Store Shop.
I wanted to stop him, tell him to, “Watch out!” But I thought better of it. He was in
his own little ‘time warp’ and didn’t want to give him a ‘buzz kill.’
Did any of this remind you of the distorted headlines that those crazy “Saturday Night
Live” comedic newscasters give? I did not make any of these many exciting things
happening around here, enough to make a zany comedy show…
Hope this leads all of us into a Normal, Usual, yet Fun Weekend!