Andreas looks about my age. Perhaps I am at a stage in my life that I can relate to the trials and tribulations and joys that fathers go through. At least a little bit of resonant emotions.
|Such selfies are a part of the travels anymore. In the room at Orosi Lodge|
It was Father's Day Sunday. I had already picked up my daughter's gift--a month in advance. I am not sure how much the daughter understands the extent to which I cherish her in my life. Perhaps that is how it is when one is younger.
I wished Andreas a happy Father's Day.
And handed him a bar of Trader Joe's Belgian chocolate.
I almost never, ever travel without those chocolate bars. When I am alone, they comfort me. When I am excited, they share that with me. When I want to give somebody, especially students, a gift, those bars are awesome.
|Orosi is quite a picturesque town|
Once, at a crowded Lufthansa checking-in, a stern young German woman completed the process and handed us the boarding passes. It was a surprise--business class passes. A free upgrade!
That was one of the many free upgrades I have had over the years. Who cares if I am unlucky in love, eh!
When it came to boarding the aircraft, I noticed the same young woman verifying the passports and boarding passes. I dug into my backpack and fished out a bar of Trader Joe's chocolate bar. First, I gave her my passport and boarding pass. She handed them back to me when she was done. I then gave her the chocolate bar and said "thanks." The stern German simply nodded her head as she accepted it. Not even a smile!
Now, it was another German to whom I gave another chocolate bar. Andreas was visibly excited, unlike that Lufthansa woman. "Thanks. It is my son who should give me a gift" he said.
Connie, his wife, chipped in: "he is sleeping and won't get up for a while. I don't think he has any gift for you."
So, there was a son.
The following morning, I saw a young man working with Andreas and Connie. "You must be the son" I said.
"One of the two" Andreas said.
"Twins" said Connie.
"Thanks for giving my father a gift on my behalf" said the son with a huge grin on his face.
|Father and son: Andreas and Sebastian|