A couple of years ago, that picture would have been of Mikayla and I - on our way to see "Annie" in Portland. In fact, we had so much fun at that event, that once I knew "Annie" was coming to Eugene, I've been scouring Craigslist to see if anyone was willing to get rid of their tickets. But, sigh, we didn't have an extra $80 sitting around, so I told Mikayla that it wasn't going to happen.
But, then - at around 6 last night, Dad calls up, explains that Mom's feeling a bit under the weather, and wonders if either myself or Mikayla could be his date to the performance. Mikayla JUMPED at the offer - she was so excited. She was ready to go a full hour before Grandpa arrived.
Of course, Grandpa treated her like royalty - as evidenced by the stuffed "Sandy" dog he purchased for her (as well as Lifesavers to have during the play). The only drawback to the whole evening was that Mom and Dad (us) did not know how long the whole experience would take. By 10pm, we were wondering, "Where are they" - and by the time they arrived around 11pm, we had tried Dad's cell phone 4 times and John had walked out the front door about 5 times to see if they were coming. Obviously, we were worried they were in an accident, but it did feel strangely like a foreshadowing of what's to come when Mikayla starts dating - which John declared last night won't happen until she turns 21!
Thanks again Grandpa for making Mikayla's month!!!! (And, Mom - hope you are feeling better!)