This past weekend we drove to White Plains, NY to visit and celebrate my mother-in-law brother’s birthday.
His nickname is Cucho (I don’t think I have ever known his real name, they always call him Cucho) and he was celebrating his 95th run around the Sun.
His daughter, my wife’s cousin, invited us and my mother-in-law for dinner and some cake.
It’s about an hour drive from our house and because it was Saturday, it turns out to be a nice easy ride.
When we got there, around 5:00 PM. Half of his family was out getting the food for the celebration, and the other half was there to greet us.
We made ourselves at home and started drinking some Tequila and beer with my wife’s cousin’s husband (he is Mexican).
We started talking about family and friend and Cucho seemed to become more animated.
What was really amazing was the fact that for his age, Cucho has most of his wits and memory. He was telling me that he takes a cold shower every day in the morning, no mater the season! He exercises every day and he is also a vegan.
He also told me that his only complaint was that his short-term memory was not working and that he had insomnia. Otherwise, he was able to recall every episode and minutia from years ago.
Every time we go visit these people, they have enough food to feed an army and this time was no different.
We had rotisserie chicken, Moro de Habichuelas (Rice with Beans), Moro de Guandules (Rice with Pigeons Peas), Steak and Salad.
We ate and continue drinking and chatting about the good old times in the Dominican Republic.
Someone mentioned something about an old song, and we pulled an iPhone to start streaming videos to the living room TV. It was sort of an impromptu karaoke, as we all started singing songs from our younger years.
We did some dancing and then it was time to cut the cake.
We sang happy birthday and asked Cucho to make a wish before blowing the candles…
He the proceeded to tell me that he wished for health for all of us. What a great guy!!
All in all, we had a great time and the chance to share some memories with Cucho in his ripe age of 95!