Burying Saint Joseph

It was 8:30 a.m., Saturday –Tour de Lopez weekend. The Fry Family Quartet was looking forward to a day of biking and a visit from our friends, the Kielys. The weather was cooperating. Oysters were ordered. At 9:30, we would head to the village to pick up our friends. At 8:34 a.m., I got a text from our real estate agent, saying, “I’m showing your house today at 11:45.” Spoiler alert: Fry Lodge Mud Bay is on the market, and we’re very excited to be moving to Bellingham, WA.

We had less than an hour to get Fry Lodge show ready: dishes done, counters wiped, floors mopped, carpet vacuumed, laundry hidden. Henry and Ruby were banished to the yard, while Kristine and I literally ran from room to room, wielding rags, picking up toys, making beds and decluttering the place. There might have been a few F-bombs dropped. More than one person cried. I heard somebody with my voice say to Kristine, “you need to work faster.”

I texted the Kielys to let them know we might be a little late. We got the place spotless by 9:40. As I did my final inspection of the house before leaving, I spotted the statue of Saint Joseph on the mantle. We’d purchased the statue from Amazon the week before, buying into the Catholic superstition that we should bury Saint Joseph, upside down in the yard, if we wanted to increase our chances of selling the house.

At 9:41, the two adults who had just been yelling at each other, gathered their two children in the yard, dug a hole, and buried a 6-inch plastic statue of Saint Joseph. At 9:42, we made the sign of the cross and I read – out loud – the prayer of Saint Joseph for all of Mud Bay to hear (think Griswald family in Vacation after leaving their dead Aunt Agnes on their in-laws’ back patio).

image

image

At 9:43, we tore out of the driveway in the minivan and sped to Lopez Village, trying not to hit the bicyclists who had shown up for the Tour de Lopez.

image

Laundry goes in the RV before house showings.

Advertisements

Turtles and Luaus

Wait, that underwater rock shouldn’t be moving. That was my first thought when I saw an object bigger than both Henry and Ruby saunter past the kids and me as we floated in 3 feet of water on Poipu Beach this afternoon. Oh, that’s not a rock; that’s a turtle. This was a nice surprise during another wonderful day in Kauai. It’s taken us 4 trips to this place to realize that the beach right in front of our rented condo at the Kiahuna Plantation is the best beach on the island – especially for kids who love swimming. And the occasional no-big-deal turtle.

image

image

After a day at the beach, we attended the requisite luau at the Sheraton. The kids weren’t exactly sure what to expect, but they ended up loving it once they realized they could go back for as many desserts as they wanted. The fire blowing, fire throwing dancer helped, too.

image

image

No day on Kauai would be complete unless Kristine and I were called out in front of a large crowd to recognize our wedding anniversary. This time, as we took the stage to dance, we handed our phones to the kids and told them to take pictures. Aloha.

image

St. Raphael Surprise

All of us woke up at 4:30 this morning. Instead of fighting it, we decided to just begin our first day in Hawaii, brew a pot of coffee and get ready for mass at St. Raphael, the oldest Catholic Church on Kauai, where Kristine and I got married 10 years ago.

image

Sitting through mass, as the roosters crowed, brought back  so many memories. At the end of mass, after announcements, the priest asked if anybody was celebrating an anniversary this month. Kristine and I looked at each other, then sheepishly raised our hands. Father called us to the altar, where we told him we were celebrating 10 years and in fact had been married at that very spot by Father Edison. He said a blessing and the congregation applauded as Henry and Ruby looked on in awe from the pew. What a perfect start to our anniversary trip.

image

Spring Break

The Fry Family Quartet is officially on spring break. We caught the early Friday ferry so we could do some pre-trip shopping and get haircuts in Seattle. Some Molly Moons ice cream got us in the vacation state of mind. Today we fly to Kauai to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary in a few days. The last time we were there the kids were babies. Aloha.

image

image