We arrived in Orange County in the evening.
Doctor Scott took a cab from John Wayne airport.
Very soon we got to Aunt Megan’s house.
Here, the big surprise!
A toy dog was waiting for us in the doorway. He sort of barked friendly.
I never saw such a funny dog before.
He had starring eyes, a short and wrinkled snout, short legs and a long, straight coat. Aunt Megan called him Guai Guai.
She told us that he was a Pekingese dog.
When we got inside, another surprise was waiting.
A silly voice cried out: “Hey, there. How’re ya doin’ folks”.
“Oh, here is old Alvaro”, said Doctor Scott to a small green parrot.
“Hey, there” repeated the pet bird.
“Boys, this is Roy Gilroy from Chicago,” said Aunt Megan to Guai Guai and Alvaro. “He will stay with us for a couple of weeks. Please be nice to him.”
I am very shy, you know; I mean when I meet someone.
“Roy Gilroy, you will have good company here,” Aunt Megan said to me.
Then to Doctor Scott:” Don’t worry, Clay; he will be all right.”
This is how all started.