Story About Bonding Between Families
Susie and Tim were going to their aunt’s place for a couple of days. Their cousins, Monica and Nate were waiting anxiously at Starlite cottage, their home, at the seaside town of Sandville. “I can’t wait to meet my sister,” spoke Vivian, putting last-minute touches to her guest room.
“It will be good to meet Vera and Bob. I will have a company to enjoy my bike rides,” smiled her husband Ron. Nate ran to the kitchen saying, “Can I have some cookies, Alice?”
“You sure can,” replied the house-help, a large woman with a smiling countenance. Vivian followed her son to the kitchen. “Is brunch ready Alice?” she asked. “It sure is ma’am. I have prepared your sister’s favourite chicken quiche”, smiled Alice.
“Oh, you remembered Vera loves those. You are a gem,” said Vivian. “I also remembered to bake chocolate and cherry cupcakes for the kids which they like and fish cakes for Mr. Bob.” “Oh yes! Bob is very fond of your special fish cakes.” Just then, the sound of a car screeching to a halt was heard. The guests had arrived.
“Hi Vivian, Ron, how are you all?” came a booming sound from outside. “Hello everyone, we are fine,” chorused the Hudson family. “Let me help with your luggage,” said Ron, picking up two bags. The guests settled in the guest room.
Alice took the children’s bags inside. Monica and Susie shared a room, while the boys went to their room. “You have decorated your room so beautifully,” said Susie. “Thanks, I love the color pink, so have everything in that color,” smiled Monica. “Wow, I love this room,” observed Tim. “Your study table is so neat,” he added.
“I like organized places, so my room is always tidy,” spoke Nate, making an important face. Breakfast was served in the morning room. It had comfy sofas and chairs and the breakfast was laid on a round table with a lovely vase of fresh flowers from the garden.
“I hope the fish cakes are ample, otherwise no one will get any,” laughed Bob, picking one up. “The quiche is so very tasty Alice. Thanks for making them for me,” spoke Vera, giving Alice a warm hug. After breakfast, the two families went out to the new mall to do some shopping. Before they left, Susie and Tim came to the kitchen and thanked Alice for their favourite cupcakes and cheese straws.
“They were delicious Alice. We hope to taste more goodies before we go back,” grinned Tim, rushing out to leave with the others. “You sure will,” called out Alice, beaming and waving goodbye. “Don’t bother about lunch or evening tea Alice. We will be back for an early supper,” explained Vivian, before leaving to go out. The day was spent shopping for this and that. The group had lunch at a Chinese restaurant and took in a movie in the afternoon. After the movie, they headed to the Central
Park to enjoy a stroll, while the kids went on swings and slides. Tea was a small affair at the tiny restaurant situated in the middle of the park called ‘Heaven’s Delight.” They returned home in a jovial mood. Vera went to the kitchen, where Alice was preparing dinner.
“Hi Alice, I bought a gift for you. Open it and tell me if you like it,” spoke Vera. “Oh thank you, ma’am,” replied Alice, looking at the colourful scarf and a brooch of pink and purple flowers. “Good, I knew you will like them,” said Vera, going to her room. She gave gifts to her sister and brother-in-law and also to Monica and Nate. Vivian had gifts for her guests too.
Early supper consisted of minestrone soup, vegetable cutlets, salad and a huge bowl of strawberries and cream. “Wonderful food,” spoke Bob. “You are a real gem,” added Vera. Next day, the kids spent the morning playing both indoors as well as outdoor games.
The sisters gossiped with warm mugs of coffee and cookies. The men were at Ron’s club for a game of bridge. The others met them for lunch at an Indian restaurant.
“Won’t the food be very spicy here pal?” asked Bob. “No, everything is super tasty and not too spicy. Wait till you taste the butter chicken and mutton biryani. They are out of this world,” replied Ron. After a most satisfying meal, the two families returned home. In the evening, Monica and Nate were going to a friends birthday party.” Can we take Tim and Susie with us?” asked Nate. “Won’t you need to ask your friend first ?” asked Vera.
“Monica has already taken permission from their mom. “Alright, you two can go children. Go and change clothes,” said Vera. While the children were gone, the parents went out for a stroll.
Later on, Vivian took Vera to her neighbour’s house for a chit chat, while Bob and Ron discussed happenings in Sandville. Dinner was a cozy affair, eaten on the porch and after that, all of them took part in a game of monopoly.
Next morning dawned with an early breakfast eaten in the garden. It was time for the families to say their goodbyes. “It was wonderful to have you with us even for such a short while. Do visit us again soon,” said Vivian to her sister and brother-in-law.
“We will,” chorused the guests, waving, as the car moved on.