October 1, 2008

A day late and a dollar short. Happy Birthday Miguel!

Jose told me Miguel was pensive on his birthday Monday and didn't want to celebrate. I gave him some money when he finished up here to get a birthday cake for "happy hour." I arrived in a downpour with flowers and Jose was ready with cake and candles.
Trick candles, it turned out. And old Miguel, now 45 years old, huffed and puffed...
and he huffed and puffed some more, determined he could beat the candles...and while he worked, I worked on learning the traditional Mexican birthday song.
He even got a little break to cash someone out. But it took about 10 tries until...ta dah!

While Jose works for me, I teach him English, mostly in catch phrases he can quickly access for customers. For example, No rest for the weary" and yesterday he saw "road weary travelers" passing by, having just arrived on Isla Mujeres in the downpour. Another phrase, right up there with a day late and a dollar short.
Sorry Miguel. Happy 45th birthday. That is really not a weight on your shoulders as you described. It's a second childhood!

7 comments:

scottozoid said...

Feliz Cumpleanos Miguel!

Islaholic Trixie said...

Where is the traditional "cake in the face" picture?

Nancy said...

Feliz cumpleaños Miguel! We have never met but I have heard many wonderful things about you. I plan to spend many happy hours at your place in February! And I will celebrate MY birthday but no cake in my face!!

Believe me, 45 is just one more year to enjoy life!

¡Que tengas un buen día!

IslaZina said...

Trixie,
The slab of cake that Jose got was small. Miguel's face is big. He did dip his finger in an apply some frosting as war paint, but it wasn't a great photo!

Nancy said...

Zina, did you ever get to print Miguel's birthday comments out to take to him? I hope he's become accustomed (or at least resigned) to his new age.

I've heard nothing but good things about the guy and can't wait to meet him (and Isla) in February.

IslaZina said...

Nancy,
The printer wasn't hooked up but he got a full verbal report with n.ames! TY very much to all, he said. Miguel is feeling better but we all are a bit down due to the rains lately

IslaZina said...

Nancy,
The printer wasn't hooked up but he got a full verbal report with n.ames! TY very much to all, he said. Miguel is feeling better but we all are a bit down due to the rains lately