This year, as I have done in the past, I told Cole that his birthday gift was lunch and an experience of his choice, with me and another person of his choice. He couldn’t make up his mind who to bring, so he asked if he could bring two people: his sisters Kaiya and Mylee. Of course, I told him. That would be so much fun. For lunch, we went to a Thai/Japanese restaurant near their house called Wild Basil. Between the four of us, we ate a vegetable roll, an avocado roll, a half dozen salmon sushi nigiri, two salmon rolls, two orders of green mussels, a spicy tuna hand roll, and for dessert, two orders of mango with sticky rice. The server would put down the sushi, leave to take another order, and come back to see how we were doing with our sushi. Gone. So we would order more. And eat it. Frankly, I didn’t get enough to eat because Mylee would eat it before I could say raw fish. It was so much fun….
After filling ourselves with sushi, we drove to Pirate’s Cove, a water park not far from the restaurant. We spent the rest of the afternoon splashing around in the various water activities. I hadn’t seen Cole swim in over a year. He has come a long way. In fact, he swims like a fish. All three swim like fishes. Cole was fearless. He even went down the long and twisty water slides, and then asked to go again. A break with Dippin’ Dots hit the spot. Theirs, not mine. I have never quite understood Dippin’ Dots.
As we drove home, Kaiya asked if we could stop for poke. She had a completely straight face and didn’t even look up from her texting. “Please, Nana? I have really been hungry for poke,” she said. Well then, why not. So we stopped at a poke place on the way to their house. Kaiya ordered a small bowl of rice with avocado, seaweed, edamame, and wasabi soyu. Cole figured, why not? He ordered a bowl with salmon and edamame and rice. Mylee just ordered miso soup and salmon, hold the rice. They ate every bite. As an aside, on the way out the door, the server — who was probably a senior in high school or a freshman in college — asked Kaiya for her phone number. She looked at me like a deer in the headlights. “No sir,” this nana told him. “Not gonna happen.” She looks old for her age, but really. Her dad asked if he was really that old. Mylee — who is always matter of fact — said, “Well, he was tall and he had a job.” Enough said, Miss Mylee…..