My son. My baby boy. My only child. He would have been 32 today if he was alive.
I miss him so.
This woman turned 104 in Janurary. She still has her memories. She rememberes the times of Trujillo. She dances, cooks and drinks her beer. She has 7 children, 21 grandchildren, 30 something great grandchildren and over 100 great great grandkids. I wonder if she can remember all the kids names.
If I live to be that age I can only hope that I have her energy.
Happy birthday Leonida Artiles. I hope you have as many more birthdays as you want. If I was there I would buy you a beer and maybe dance a little Bachata with you! You go girl!
I always try to go away for my sons, Billy Jay, birthday every year. I try to be close to water because his ashes are in the lake where we lived and since I cant go to the lake in Pennsylvania I have to be near water here.
I was not going to go anywhere this year as I used most of my cash for all the deposits for the new apartment I will rent someday when they do all the needed fixes. I was just going to work. But the internet went out on Sunday and was still out on Tuesday and I knew if I could not work that I would be really depressed so I decided to spend money I didn’t have and go away.
I went to the internet cafe and made a reservation for BelleVue Dominican Bay in Boca Chica. Its an all inclusive place and I got it for about $30usd a day from Travelocity (Visit Travelocity for Caribbean Deals
) which was a great deal. I went home, packed up and was on my way within the hour.
They did not have my reservation when I got there but soon found it and I want to the room. It was really nice. Balcony, internet and best of all air conditioning. I have air conditioning dreams as I don’t have air in my place so I really enjoy when I can get it.
I unpacked and headed down to the pool area and started on my free drinks and food. I had to get my monies worth. I spent the day drinking, eating, talking and just relaxing. That night I watched the animation teams performance, went to the disco for about an hour then to the room.
The next day, June 15th, Billy Jays birthday, I was going to spend at the pool relaxing. When I got there and looked up at the sun there was a complete rainbow around the sun. Encircling it entirely. It was beautiful. I felt it was a gift from Billy Jay just for me. The rainbow lasted for more than an hour. I was so enjoying it and had to tell all around me to look so they could enjoy it as well. Then at 4:30PM, when Billy Jay was born a group of people I met did cheers for my baby boy. He would have been 31 years old today.
That evening was the full moon and it was spectacular. I felt it was another gift from my only son, Billy Jay.
The next day it rained all day and I just hung out with some of the people I met and enjoyed all the free stuff. There was no disco that night so I just talked to one of the workers in the dining room for a while then went for my last night of air conditioning.
I got a taxi for the ride home and was back in the Zone by 1PM. It was a great time. I was relaxed. I got some wonderful gifts from my son for his birthday. But the best gift would have been if he was still here with me. Happy Birthday Billy Jay!
>Well, as usual I’m behind on writing on my blog. Can you regular readers please forgive me (It’s not easy when I’m this old to remember everything) and for the non-regular readers maybe you should become regular readers so you could accept this little apology with the regulars.
My daughter (I’m her second mom, we are not blood even though it seems like it sometimes), Janna and her mom Xio made me a little birthday party in the Parque San Jose in Colonial Zone. I’m not really into celebrating my birthday. In USA I usually went camping to hide from all the party people. But here there was just no place to hide and I didn’t want to disapoint my Janna.
It was fun. I even got some pineapple upside down cake and little fancy sandwiches. Thanks Xio, Janna and my neighbors for the party.
I just cannot believe I’m 49. Almost 50! DAMN! I remember when my grandparents were 50 and I thought they were soooo old. Now that I’m almost there it just doesn’t seem that old anymore. funny how perspective changes.