So, keeping in mind the tragic loss as detailed in my previous post, feeling discontent and restless, I went home with an ultimate objective of letting my family know that I love them, and nothing could dissuade me from this course.
As is the usual practice, my brothers and sisters had gathered at my mother's house for food and conversation after work. Feeling that I would attend to the most important person first, I picked up the phone and called my son (the Creep) in Barbados:
'Fro: Hi Pumpkin!!! How are you?
Son: Fine. How are you Mom?
'Fro: I am great. I was just thinking about you, and I called to say that I love you.
Son: Mom, you are such a Dweeb.
'Fro: [Sappy bubble bursting] What?? Where is that called for???
Son: Well, its the truth!
'Fro: Oh Yeah??? Well, you're a Creep!!
Son: Oh Yeah!! I know you are, but what am I??
'Fro: A Creep!!!
Son: I know you are but what am I?
At an end to our squabble, twenty minutes later, feeling a tad perturbed at this turn of the conversation, I continued on the blasted love quest, and rejoined my family. Confidently interrupting the conversation in order to make my grand announcement, they became my eager congregation, awaiting my vociferous teachings.
'Fro: Ahem...My dear family, I just wanted to let you all know, that I love you all very much. You are all very important to me, and I do not know what I would do without you all.
[Stunned silence / stupefied looks]
Bro #1: I do' have any money to give you!
Bro#2: [Stares in stunned silence, then mimics violin playing]
Sis#1: Wha' wrong wid you? You went to the doctor today or wha'?
Mom: Cho. 'Top yu foolihness and go sit down.
Sis#2: [Newly baptised] Ohhh...that is so sweet for you to say that! Maybe you would like to go to church with...
'Fro: [Interrupting Sis #2] Aww shaddup. I ain't goin' no church wid you. Jus' tek the blasted love declaration and shut up. The rest'a ya'll can go jump in a lake. Mommy, that means you too!!!
[Fro Storms off in a huff, followed by raucous laughter, and smoochie noises]
Behind closed doors, indignant guise discarded, I smiled.
All is well in my little world.
On that note, I shall no exit.