In Denver I made dinner every night. I invited neighbourhood kids for sphaghetti. I packed Dan's lunch. I made the kids lunch. I helped Brody with his homework. Oops what's that? Oh, Gunnars arms around me, "I love you" he said.
New Years Eve was filled with children. When Aunt Charmaine shows up...so do the kids.
They decided to inhale helium from the balloons (my sister accused me of corrupting her children) forcing them to parrot what I told them to say like, "I hope when I hit puberty my voice will change". I took them to this trampoline place. Trampoline dodge ball where Aunt Charmaine morphed into a soccer mom.
"Kill them" I heard myself say. "Now is not the time to be polite".
The little boy on the opposite team, a brilliant dodge ball player, waved me into the game. I was going to annihilate him.
He annihilated me instead. He threw the ball so hard it knocked me over. I had nothing but admiration for the lad, except that he cheated. He was so good, he didn't need to cheat. "The ball hit you, you're out!" I yelled. "Whose running this show", I thought. Where are the adults?
Who knew that my tiny nephew, Gunnar, smaller then the other boys,the kind that writes love songs on his guitar and sneaks up to say, I love you"...would be the one to knock their socks off? It's not size. It's tenacity. That's him below with my beautiful sister. He kicked their butts. He was a poised...focused warrior. Our team won against Herculean odds.
On the way home he was bemoaning the fact that the other team had cheated. The injustice of it. One of the cheating thugs had red hair. Gunnar asked Chandler, his 15 year old cousin, how could they cheat like that?
"Don't worry" she said. He'll never get anywhere in life. He's a ginger.
Ginger is a derogatory term used in Evergreen, Colorado to describe people with red hair.
I'm not politicaly correct. I laughed. I'm a little "gingery" myself.
Brody rushed out to the car as I departed for one last kiss. "He doesn't do that with anyone" my sister said.
The car pulled away and he chased us. We pulled away again, he chased again. He let me kiss him TWICE! My mother returned to say, "I don't want you to go".
Still, I was excited to depart and see my King. We all know how that turned out. Big fizzle. When we got back together recently he texted, "Call me when you are prepared to discuss your character flaws."
Well try this on King. Call me when you are prepared to apologize for yours.