was a magical excitement at ‘Creamy
Dreams’, the Johnsons’ home. This was the day of
the special visitors. Uncle Mathew, Aunt Mary and their 3
children were coming to visit the Johnson House. Mary and
Claudia Johnson were sisters. They were to meet each other
after 3 years. “Linsey, come and help me to clean my room”,
yelled Felicia, the elder of the 2 Johnson kids. She was 14
years old and was studying in class 9. “Do not shout like
that Missy baba. It does not become young girls”, replied
Linsey, the trusted maid of the Johnsons. She had come to
help Claudia ever since she got married, 16 years ago. She
was a big fat woman with a perpetual smile on her face. She
didn’t think of herself as a maid anymore cause she belonged
to Creamy Dreams.
The younger daughter
Fanny was 11 years old. She was in class 6 and was very mischievous.
Whenever dad or mom wanted her, she would hide in the strangest
places and it would take quite a while to find her. By 10 o’clock
everything was in order and Linsey had already prepared half the
dinner. Suddenly the doorbell rang and Fanny jumped up to open the
door. The Jackson family had arrived. Dad Joseph Johnson had fetched
them from the nearby station in his old Station Wagon. The 2 sisters
hugged each other; Mathew Jackson kissed his younger sister in law
on the cheek. The 3 kids, Henry, Jimmy and Fiona came forward and
shook hands with their cousins. Henry was 17, Jimmy 15 and Fiona
was 13. “Henry!you’ve got a beard”, said Fanny laughingly. Hearing
the noises, Linsey appeared at the scene and after greeting everyone
announced, “Come into the sitting room, I have a hearty breakfast
ready for you”.
Jimmy and Fiona chorused together, “Have you made our favourite
Chocolate Cake?” “Yes, Yes! C’mon kiddies. Run to the sitting room.
Tea is getting cold.” Soon, everyone was replete with Cake, buns,
homemade cheese straws, tea and orange juice. Later on, the Jackson
children refreshed themselves and watched a nice movie on the video.
The afternoon was spent playing indoor games and in the evening
the 5 children went next door to a birthday party.
Next morning, the 2 families went on a picnic. Linsey had packed
ham sandwiches, bread rolls, chicken kebabs, coke and beer. The
children played cards and ran about. The women gossiped and the
men smoked pipes while exchanging news and views. The evening saw
tired children going to bed early after a warm bath. Linsey supervised
them and then brought luke warm milk laced with honey to the childrens’
bedrooms and kissed them all good night. Fanny had shifted to her
sister’s room with Fiona and her room fitted the 2 boys. Bedtime
stories continued for some time but soon the kids were lost in their
Morning dawned with dark clouds and lightning rumbling in an angry
sky. Soon it was raining heavily. Luckily Mr. Johnson did not have
to go to office, it being a Saturday. Hot bed tea was most welcome
and so was Linsey’s smiling, kind countenance. Fiona danced into
the kitchen, “hey Linsey! How come you’re smiling on a day like
this. I feel really awful”. “Dear child! Why feel awful? Anyways,
you won’t feel half as bad when you’ve had a lovely breakfast of
eggs, bacon, ham, sausages, fresh red tomatoes, green peas and hand
picked mushrooms. Together with that you can have a few of my favourite
chocolate chip cookies”. “Why, that’s wonderful! I’ll go tell Henry,
Jimmy and the girls. They’ll surely be delighted”. A happy Fiona
sailed off to her brothers’ room.
The day was spent listening to Madonna and Michael Jackson and the
evening was spent watching TV. The next day everyone went shopping.
The 2 sisters bought presents for each other’s families and lunch
was accomplished at a sweet little restaurant called ‘Little Bo
Peep”. During the afternoon everyone took a nap before there was
to be a party in the evening. The neighbors and a few friends were
invited for tea and some homely chitchat.
That night Claudia was a bit sad because Mary was leaving early
next morning. The two sisters talked late into the night and morning
saw Linsey ready with early breakfast of corn flakes and milk, toast
with butter and strawberry jam, gulped down with hot tea. She had
also packed a hamper for the Jacksons to eat for lunch on the train.
The hamper contained a leg of mutton, baked chicken in cheese sauce,
home made fresh cherry bread and some salami sandwiches. The Jacksons
waved goodbye. The Johnsons came inside. Linsey moved about the
house singing softly and merrily.
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