Today, Tom and I are going to visit Bill and Jean.
Bill is an older professor at the Physics Department of UBC who has taken a liking towards Tom. He must be in his late 60s, if not a bit older. Jean is his gracious wife, tall and regal. A perfect match for her husband. They live in a quaint house near the university – a bus ride away for Bill, who also takes his bicycle. They have an old school radio, tuned into an AM station, that they listen to in the evenings and don’t see the need for mobile phones. They have a beautiful garden, filled with a variety of flowers, with a nicely manicured lawn. The coziness of their home a reflection of their own warmth and hospitality.
They were among the first set of colleagues that I’ve met. They invited Tom and me for dinner when I came to visit in May, then prepared a little gathering of UBC friends to celebrate our marriage when we arrived last month.
That very special evening was quite perfect for the patio set-up they had – a nice cool, rain-free evening. Jean started off by offering alcohol-free punch. Each dainty punch glass had a surprise for the drinker: the ice cubes had a blueberry frozen inside. I took a mental note : Should do this too! Tom had bought ten pounds of fresh blueberries and we were popping them like there was no end (and really, ten pounds made it seem like there was no end).
We knew that it would be a small gathering – the team that Tom worked with:
Ron and his wife, Hala
Mary Ann and her husband, Alex
and of course, our hosts, Bill and Jean.
From our end, they had invited Manay Kat, Kuya PJ and Xave.
We knew that they were going to offer us the yummiest of desserts. 🙂 And there were yummy desserts! Fresh fruits, pastries, cake, wine, coffee and tea. The best was the lemon cake that had a huge “Congratulations Tom and Tam” written on it!
What we didn’t know though was that they had prepared games and a little something for us as well. 🙂
Each of the couples present gave us some advice on how to make our marriage a better one.