71. “Learn Something”

Singapore 2009

Singapore 2009

When I graduated from Business School in 2009 Mom and Dad took me on a “one last hurrah” trip to Singapore and Malaysia.  Mom and I travelled first and Dad followed a few days later.  While it was just the two of us Mom and I camped out in a nice room in Singapore, trekked over to Takashimaya’s basement when we needed a meal, and had as much fun as we could in a tropical climate.  I also bought a flat iron suitable for the South East Asian voltage so I didn’t have to wear a ponytail 24/7.

One day I was taking a jet-lag nap but Mom, being hardier than I am, was up folding clothes or something.  The TV was turned on to a cooking show.  A lady was demonstrating how to make laksa.  Mmmmmm….laksa.  Anyway, Mom saw that my eyes were open and looking at the screen.  She was glad I was paying attention because she just gestured to the TV and told me, “Learn something.”

A bunch of my friends from my Monday-night Bible Study came to visit me in the 2nd Hospital.  At that time one of them was in the process of adopting a gorgeous little girl from Ethiopia.   About a month later I was so pleased to meet this baby when I made my last trip to church, but during the hospital visit the baby still lived in Africa – but the parents had made a trip to go and visit her so I got to see the resulting video.  I was extremely interested in the mini movie and told the mom, “My sister needs to see this and learn something.”

I think Ai Ai was visiting me then and I took the opportunity to lobby strongly for more nephews and nieces.  When both she and Timmy indicated that more babies would not be forthcoming I told Ai Ai she should adopt twins (preferably from Africa, since Africa was still very much on my mind, and as for the “twin” part – the more the merrier).

They got a dog instead.  Incidentally, Skittles (the dog) is terrified of me.  It’s probably my cane – Ai Ai tells me Skittles doesn’t like inanimate objects.  If Skittles sees me approaching wherever she is at Ai Ai’s house she runs and hides under the coffee table.

When we celebrated Thanksgiving 2011 at Tim and Ai Ai’s I had an excellent dream that Ruthie was expecting.  One morning I came down for breakfast while R was upstairs wrangling children/doing her hair, so I took the opportunity to explain my dream to everyone at the table.  “Let that be a lesson to us all,” I intoned solemnly as I looked around at my siblings.

Apparently, E&R did learn something because we recently welcomed Peter – my new “son” – into our family!  I am beyond pleased over this situation. I have prayed for a long time for “something good” to happen – and this is something great. 

Joshua and Peter

Joshua and Peter