Nov. 23rd, 2005

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Today was the day that the nieces and I had lunch and went to see a movie. We have been doing this ever since they came to the US, almost 7 years ago. It is tradition.

I remember the first time I took them to the movies. They were so small! It was the first time they had ever seen a movie in a theater. We saw "Mulan". As we were driving that day, whenever I would ask them a question they would answer, in unison, in the sweetest high voices I had ever heard, "yes uncle mike". I got them to do it again today, but only with prompting, and half of it was in spanish, and with much laughter. 'Si! uncle mike!'

We went to lunch at a place called Johnny Carino's, which is notable for it's $2.29 Cokes. We each selected fake names for the day, which is our custom, but forgot to use them.

We saw the new Harry Potter film. I liked it--it was always my favorite of the books, and this is (so far) my favorite of the movies. The girls and I have seen all the Harry Potter movies together. It is tradition.

After the movie we went to Starbucks and had coffee. We chatted for a while and took some pictures. I commented that I always think "this year" will be the last time we will do this--that they will lose interest, or be too busy to do it. I remember predicting three years ago that the day would come.

They were the ones who suggested it this year. It is tradition. They surprise me.

One of them said, "We'll still be doing this when we're 55--but you'll be too old even know who we are anymore!"

It is tradition. I am blessed.

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