Sandy Watiff Off-Season
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Travel Portrait 16
Sandy Watiff Off-Season: Part 4
July 27, 2008 [listen]
I. The Acclimation
I finished unloading the car at the same moment Eddie awakened.
I could see his head turn left-and-right as he tried to
gather his whereabouts since all the stuff that was in the
car was missing.
"Over here, son." I waved my hand as I approached
the car. "You okay?"
"Let's get you situated."
"Okay. Are we there yet," he asked with
"Yes, son--we're here--so you'll need to get out of
that over there?"
"Let's get you out of the car so we can have a look-see.
Eddie took a big yawn and a stretch preceding the unbuckling
of the seatbelt.
"I'm ready for breakfast, dahdee."
"Well, get outta the car. Now look, we're gonna
hafta get to the supermarket to get some milk and other
essentials. So you're gonna have some jelly bread and a
piece of fruit for breakfast. There's apples, oranges, kiwi,
peach, plum, and frozen strawberries (which are probably
soggy by now). So, let's get you (and me) some grub. Let's
I pressed the lever that made the passenger-side backrest
fold and the entire seat slide forward. Eddie carefully
stood up on the car floor. He needed assistance getting
out of the car. Once both feet were planted on the ground,
his body weebled as his eyes squinted from the scenic flash
of light. Eddie took a non-directional step towards the
cottage and the beach.
"Over there, daddy--look!"
"Yeah. There're some rocks, too."
"I want to go over there."
"Where, there! What do you mean," I asked becoming
"Oh. Let's get you situated, all right."
Finally we were able to settle in the cottage--and begin
Eddie went through his inspection of the cottage as I placed
the perishable foodstuffs in the refrigerator and freezer.
I found the bread and sugar-free jelly. I called Eddie into
the kitchen so that he could select his piece of fruit.
"Apple, skin off... Um, dahdee."
"May I have two pieces of fruit?"
"Okay. Tell me."
"Um. May I have a peach, too?"
"All right, yeah."
Then I asked Eddie to sit at the counter and wait a minute
as I washed the peach, peeled the apple, and prepared the
jelly bread. I prepared my breakfast as well: hot dogs,
chips, and a salad. While we ate (what turned out to be
our brunch), I went over our itinerary for the day. I received
We ran our errands, completed the itinerary and were back
at the cottage within a few hours. Eddie was anxious to
get out of the car. He wanted his easel, drawing paper and
tackle box full of his art supplies.
"Hurry up, daddy."
"Yes son. I'm moving as fast as I can. Let me get
the groceries outta the back."
"Do you have to go potty?
"Then why are you rushing me?"
"Because I want to do something."
"C'mon, dahdee, please!"
We entered the cottage. I placed the entire bag of groceries
into the refrigerator. I located the easel and the paper.
Eddie grabbed the tackle box and ran out the door.
"Eddie, wait for me!"
"I'm right here, daddy."
follow you, just wait a minute," I shouted after him
enthusiastically. "But wait we need some sunscreen."
"Aw, c'mon daddy," he exclaimed with a whine
tinting his voice."
"Here I come."
I grabbed the easel and paper and went chasing after him.
"I'll setup on that big rock right here."
Eddie and I spent the rest of the afternoon at the bay