10 Aug Super-Powered Sprinting Senior Citizen

My seventy-six year old dad asked for new running shoes for Father’s Day. He walks and runs religiously 5 days a week and has been doing so all my life. Which makes him a superhero rockstar in my books because I’m not a Senior Citizen and yet I struggle to get out of my lazy cave and go exercise even once a week…
He said, “I got my old pair from the little store by the market. Only cost me twenty tala. You can get me new shoes there.”
I said “Don’t be ridiculous, I’m not buying you a crap pair of cheap shoes from the market.” I told him we would get shoes from a great local sports supply store where the Hot Man often gets his shoes.
 He said, “Okay, if you want to be extravagant. I guess you can go up to forty tala shoes.” #OoohFORTYTALA!!

We gave him his new Adidas shoes today and he shook his head in disapproval, “I don’t think these cost forty tala. I hope you took the price tag off because I don’t want to have a heart attack….you know I’ve had a quadruple bypass…”

He put them on right away and they matched his lavalava quite spectacularly.  After walking around in them for awhile, he was heard to mutter “Hmmm I wonder how fast I can run in these, ha.”
Methinks there will be a fabulous Senior Citizen doing some serious sprints tomorrow.
Happy Father’s and Grandfather’s Day!


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  • Aloha Lani,
    As a student, (standard level) at Church College of Pesega when your parents taught there, I have fond memories of them. I especially admired your beautiful Mother. For many years I wondered how she managed to sit with erect poise, for what seemed like hours of student assemblies. I also marveled at how she efortlessly wraps one leg around the other, not just simply cross like most ladies. Of course your tall handsome father, …I didn’t think he was a Samoan. He’s accent was very British and he was too refined. ( I didn’t know what it was at the time but I knew he was different)

    I being a transplanted student from Pago, your parents British accents, (most Pesega teachers were Americans) sounded beautifully different. I started to imitate their speech. Although I never mastered it, I would find myself, at times, with a bad British accent among unsuspecting American friends and associates. Needless to say, it gives me a bit of exoticism that keeps them guessing. LOL

    My best regards to them and thank them for those childhood memories and motivational aspects. Fa’afetai tele for sharing this picture of your Dad. He looks the same except for his gray hair.

    August 10, 2014 at 9:06 am

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