|This was one of the best days the whole time!!|
This couple, after moving to Texas, now live in Hawaii and we visited them once a long time ago. The man has recently retired and they are now doing some travel. The man, let us call him Joel, is a tall thin cowboy type. His wife is more the shorter wider version of a country girl (woman). They came to spend four nights at our house as their first stop heading down the coast to Florida.
Since I had visited them many years ago in Hawaii and hubby had also reminded me of their quirks, I was somewhat prepared. Quirks? We all have quirks, right? Well, on the first dinner I served chicken and rice. The wife, Molly, said she really liked rice, but they don't eat it much anymore. When I asked "why", she explained that you had to buy such large bags of rice in the big box discount store that they decided they never could get through them before the rice got too old. (?) Yeah, I know. I did not say anything but watched her plow through her second serving with gusto. She really liked my coffee and I wondered if they also did not buy coffee because it came in such large bags at the discount store. (Kona coffee is marvelous.)
They brought in big boxes of cereal, a cooler of food, etc. since they were touring the entire southeastern U.S. via rental car, visiting friends and relatives. I stowed it away for them. While they ate most of what I cooked, they did eat cereal for both breakfast and dinner some days. My husband who had stayed with them a few years ago said that Joel would eat nothing but cereal at every meal while hubby was there.
Joel and his wife liked to go to the local large hotel in Hawaii when they had live bands to dance. He said they did not go for dinner because it was too expensive, but they did order dessert and then danced. They stopped going dancing a while back for two reasons last year. The dance floor got too crowded and they started an annoying $10.00 cover charge. (Joel has over a million dollars in stocks for retirement.)
Hubby also cautioned me that they were very conservative in their political views and so we had to keep the TV off most of the time. The only news channel they watch is Fox. Hubby explained that we watch a number of news channels, but mostly Public Television and BBC since they are the most balanced in news. Thus, we watched the weather channel and few detective shows.
To further complicate this visit my grandson was due to come stay two nights before they left. This actually worked out really well, because grandson taught them card tricks and Joel had some good card tricks in his repertoire that he taught grandson.
To further complicate the visit we had 5 inches of rain the first day, 2.5 the second day and rain off and on the entire rest of their visit! We did take a few day trips, but they were carefully arranged around the many storms.
To further complicate the visit, Molly came down with a cold the first morning and Joel came down with it a day and half later. They were brave to soldier on with a few trips, but we actually let them sleep most of the time.
Molly acted like a good-old-girl, but she was smart as a tack and I think she knew where we stood regarding our illustrious leader. She kept complimenting me on food, the house, our letting them sleep in and I kept wondering if she thought liberals were usually not this "nice."
They left today, and we hugged and smiled and proved that people can get along when we admit we cannot change each other's mind. I did wonder if they were thinking about how blind we were to the truth, because that was what I was thinking about them.
Oh, you can catch a cold from a conservative, because I am now soothing a scratchy throat with tea.