I have to go up to the hospital for Vernon’s transition back to Mesa Verde in a bit, so I’ll try to barrel through this post.
Chris Adams came home early from a trip to Yosemite so he could be there to pick up Maki at LAX. We drove up together, chatting about things, trying not to week up with every meaning-packed song we chose to listen to. Could only do that for a little while before having to turn off the music altogether.
Maki was all smiles when he arrived, and we meandered to the hospital, stopping for food and some record shopping just to make it an easier transition. We filled Maki in on what would happen next, and he seemed to take it all in with his trademark stoicism.
However, when we got to Vernon, it was the best thing ever! Vernon’s puffy face lit up like the sun, his eyes bright and wide when he saw his son. And Maki was all smiles and animation as he told his dad about the things he did in New Zealand. Chris took lots of video for later. There were no tears, but lots of laughter.
Chris also found this video last night. It’s Vernon three years ago, speaking about his work in Madrid. I could tell Maki loved seeing and hearing his dad as he was once. Remarkable to hear his voice again at this time. Here’s a treat for us all.