Iam certain it won’t go down as one of the best Mother’s Days for Shu Mei, but it will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable. It began well, with Billy presenting her a dozen roses and a card personally signed by him, with a little help from yours truly.I’m certain it won’t go down as one of the best Mother’s Days for Shu Mei, but it will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable. It began well, with Billy presenting her a dozen roses and a card personally signed by him, with a little help from yours truly.
Shu Mei was pleased with the gift, which I said came from her two boys Billy and Tyley. Actually, Billy did pick the arrangement from a lineup the previous evening at the florist. I had snuck away with him after a family get-together at my in-laws’ house. I did it under the guise that we were going to see the parade.
There was a huge parade zigzagging through downtown Cingshuei, commemorating the return of a Daoist idol to the temple there. Several trucks adorned with colorful lights, along with a procession of bands and costumed participants paraded through the streets. From atop the Chens’ house, we had a clear vantage point of the parade route. However, being up close was a better experience, as Billy and I found out.
For months, Billy had been scared by a commercial that showed such a parade. He didn’t understand that there weren’t real dragons dancing in the streets, no matter how hard I tried to explain it. It wasn’t until he saw a group of parade participants on break last night that his fear left him. They were sitting around smoking, as most Taiwanese young men do, with their costumes half on and half off. Billy could clearly see that they were just people, like him. So, the fear left him immediately. Sometimes, we just have to see things with our own eyes to believe them.
Getting back to the happenings of today, we all got ready and went to church. During the sacrament, shortly after the blessing of the bread, Billy got sick and vomited. He had done this once before at the same time and it was rather embarrassing, having to clean it off the floor while trying to maintain reverence. This time was even more embarrassing, because he threw up on his mother, from blouse to skirt. I, with the help of two other church members, cleaned it up while the sacrament continued. Shu Mei, covered in vomit, couldn’t do anything but wait. The previous time it was just a little vomit, but this time was like a bucket-full. Shu Mei wasn’t pleased with Billy’s “extra gift” this Mother’s Day.
After I cleaned it up the best I could, I took Billy home to clean him and get Shu Mei a new set of clothes. Hurrying back, I made it before the Sacrament meeting was over. Shu Mei quickly changed clothes and taught the Sunday School lesson to the Gospel Doctrines class. The day continued without another mishap.