Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Friends Together Again
As soon as she hung up he had his daughter call and make reservations for her to come out. When she had them made she called his friend and told her what day and time she had found for her. She laughed since she had the airlines on her line when the daughter called. She passed the phone to her Dad and they talked some more. It was strange to have him interested in a lady after years of not even showing any thoughts. She knew he was a bit different from many and wondered what this lady was like. Trying to get information from him was like pulling nails, he was very private with his feelings and thoughts. He never really expressed his love for her directly ever, and she was shocked when he offered the occasional hug. When her mother was alive she rarely saw them kiss or display any affection for each other. Getting off the phone a smile spread over his face and he grabbed her and told her how happy he was his friend would be coming out. This was all new to her, so she just went with the flow and listened to what he had to say. He told of the herd and what new items had happened around his place. A hired hand was staying out there and taking care of all that was needed. He asked his daughter to take him for a ride out in the country, he needed to see some animals in the fields. He missed all of his and wished he felt like riding one of the horses he kept there, but was too weak.
What seemed like forever passed so slow as the days seemed longer while waiting for his visitor. He slept a lot, and liked to sit on the porch watching the surrounding mountains. On the day his friend was coming his daughter let him sleep in while she went to pick her up at the airport. She told her what she would be wearing, since neither had met. People came down the concourse and she hoped to see a wave. Nobody asked her if she was there to pick them up. Finally a lady strolled down the ramp and she knew it had to be her. She called her name and she smiled and walked over and gave her a hug. They waited for the luggage to come and said very little. On the ride home she asked about what all her father had been through while there. It hurt to hear the reports, since she had heard similar reports from others in the same predicament. She didn’t say anything, not wanting to alarm his daughter.
When they arrived at her home her Dad was still sleeping. She went in and told him who had came and he was a bit blurry about who that was. He then slipped back into his old self and hurried to get some clothes on to greet her. He saw the most beautiful lady sitting in the living room and when he walked in she gave him a big hug. He thanked her for coming and gave her a small kiss on the cheek. Both his friend and daughter were a bit shocked, this had never happened before. The next hour was a question and answer session with him being the moderator. He had so much to find out about and both laughed at his tales he wanted to hear about the herd. Soon fishing became a topic and his friend showed the picture she took of him and a bass. His daughter looked at it and described a few trips they had taken through the years. She asked where they could go nearby and his daughter told of a nice lake nearby with lots of trout. He looked at her and asked when they could go and both decided right away. Good thoughts and memories flowed across the hillsides, sharing with all that could feel the spirit.
Sandwiches were packed and a dinner would be at the lake. They picked through some of the gear he had left and some his daughter still had to get the right equipment to take along. He had came out quite a few years back for some holidays and enjoyed talking with his daughter out along the water. They shared more stories on the way to the lake and stopped a few times to look over some of the cattle nearby, or for his friend to shoot a few pictures. Pulling onto the lake road, his whole attitude changed and he felt like there was more energy going through his body. They set out chairs and soon had lines waiting for that big fish. It was slow at first and she looked to see her father napping a bit. She nudged his friend and they both smiled seeing him so happy and free. His pole bent a bit and he woke back up to both the ladies calling to him. He reeled in fast and had a small trout on his line. While his friend was taking it off her pole bent and soon all had caught a few fish. They returned them to the water so they could catch them again when they came back out. The sun was almost setting when they remembered supper and went to a picnic area and enjoyed their meal. Some food tastes better outdoors and this was that kind of food.