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24 February 2016
We planned to have meals with 2 of our daughters today.
Lunch was with Sonia, our Brasilian daughter. Sonia was one of the early foreigners we had stay with us, in about 1981. She did not come through any program but came because a friend of ours who had lived with us for 6 weeks, gave her our phone number in case she needed help while traveling in the United States. As it happened, she ran out of money in Oakland, and was having problems with her traveling companions, so she called me, in tears, because she had nowhere else to turn.
I brought her to Davis and she moved in with us, then happened to meet Charlie one night at a bar and soon after moved from our house to his. They lived together for several weeks until her return to Brasil. She and Charlie had great plans to remain close, but as time passed, they lost contact with each other.
Many years later, Sonia contacted me about a trip she was making to the US on business. She hadn’t heard from Charlie in a couple of years, and had no plans to contact him, but wanted to visit us. We were going to be out of town the day she was scheduled to arrive, but I made arrangements for her to get into the house, if she could get herself to Davis. Then, on a whim, I called Charlie and said, “I don’t know if you want to know this, but Sonia is arriving on Saturday and has no way to get to Davis...”
There was a long silence and then he said “What’s her flight information?”
When we arrived back home again, there was no indication that Sonia had been there. We didn’t hear from her for a week, and when she called, she had been with Charlie. Six months later, I was the matron of honor at their wedding. And now they have Denise and Daniel both of whom are adults. In 2000 we attended the ceremony where Sonia became a U.S. citizen.
They now live in Napa, where Sonia is an artist and is trying to start a business selling her delicious gluten-free pizzas. We don't see each other nearly enough, I realized, as we enjoyed getting caught up over sushi.
Dinner was at the restaurant of our Mexican daughter, Marie. We went with Ned and Marta to celebrate Marie's birthday, my birthday and Walt's upcoming birthday.
Unfortunately, she and Ned got their dates crossed and we were there on the only day she wasn't going to be there as she was at a wine tasting in San Francisco, but we had a delicious dinner anyway.
The circumstances surrounding
Marie's coming to us were pretty weird. Walt and I had gone to a show at a
theatre in Davis, and sitting in front of us were some friends who had just
returned form Mexico. David is a physician who volunteered time down there
each year as part of a program put together by a local minister and his
I just love the very unusual paintings by a local artist with whom they became friends which decorate this restaurant. Many based on a "day of the dead" theme have skeletons somehow resembling Marie and/or her husband.
We were sorry to miss seeing Marie (but she called and I talked with her). However, I was happy to have my favorite Todo un Poco dish, Punjabi pizza, which is made with cauliflower, potatoes and Indian spices. When we went to the restaurant before it was opened, Mannie made 3 pizzas for us, two traditional and the Punjabi, which became my favorite.
I am so proud of both of our "daughters" and what they have
made of their lives, and happy that I could spend today with both of
them...well, kinda. Next time we'll get the dates right with Marie!
PHOTO OF THE DAY
The "Day of the Dead" version of the bar sits on the wall opposite the bar itself.
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