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At about 4 o’clock in the morning, the guests had started to say their goodbyes.

Within an hour, the living room was completely empty except for my father and me.

Finally ready to hit the guest room and get some much-needed shuteye, my dad still wanted to play attorney and convince me that lying was the best and only choice he had to continue maintaining somewhat of a relationship with me.

Waving him off in total disdain, I asked to meet the next day with our heads totally clear.

Awakened in just a few hours by Sumo’s and Mavee’s screaming, no matter how drained I was emotionally, mentally and physically I could not go back to sleep.

My father slipping away early, walking into the dining room on the way to the kitchen to get some water, Sally was sitting there drinking her coffee.

Inquiring if I would like a cup I gruffly said no thank you and then she asked if she could have five minutes of my time.

Since like attracts like, she was cut from the same pair of attorney scissors as my father.

Doing her best to convince me that their relationship was strictly platonic in the beginning and that one thing led to another and another and another, I told her that I might be young ~ but most certainly not stupid.

Walking back to the guestroom and putting on my swimming trunks, I spent the rest of the day nursing my head and my heart.

Very much into body surfing which I learned to do quite well at frigid Ocean Beach in San Francisco, I caught some pretty good waves and now totally depleted physically, emotionally and mentally, I took a long nap on the warm sand.

Trying to avoid my father and his new extended family as much as possible, I jumped into the elevator and headed to the penthouse’s street-side back entrance.

Much to my surprise a family joined me on the eighth floor and introduced me to Cosmo their beloved Puggee.

Immediately making friends, Cosmo would become the highlight of my visit to Puerto Rico.

Pray to The Holy Spirit constantly and simply from your heart, just as earnestly as He was your very best friend.

+ Divine Intimacy ~ He is!

(1) Led Zeppelin - FULL Heartbreaker - Madison Square Garden 1973 - YouTube