TELLING: As I noticed everyone laughing and pointing at Santa, I looked to him to find Santa had dropped his pants. There he stood with red pants fallen around his ankles, still unaware of his loss, happily cheering, "Ho! Ho! Ho!"
SHOW THAT IS PANTS HAVE FALLEN DOWN
SHOWING: I noticed my cousins with eyes like saucers and hands over their mouths, pointing as they snickered. I turned and saw Santa teetering happily on bare white legs and bony knees, his red pants crunched around his ankles. Unaware of his fallen condition, he cheered happily, "Ho! Ho! Ho!"
TELLING: Once we got to the bank of the river, we put our feet in the water. It was very cold, but we decided to get in anyway.
SHOW THAT THE WATER IS COLD
SHOWING: Once we arrived at the bank of the Guadalupe River, Frank walked into the water first and gave a loud, "Yeow." My sister Jill jumped from the water like she had received an electric shock and stood back again on the rocks shivering and huddling in a strange standing ball, like a flamingo. Despite the temperature of the water, we plowed in anyway.
Telling: As soon as he stepped outside, the door immediately shut behind him, locking him outside, and even though he had his truck keys, his house keys were on a separate ring in the house, so he was basically stuck.
SHOW HE WAS LOCKED OUT
Showing: After a couple of steps outside, he heard on ominous “click”, causing him to spin on his heels and face the door he just exited. Panic gripped him as he pulled on the door and was greeted with the resistance of the locking mechanism, confirming his fear that he was, in fact, locked out. He glanced down at his truck keys and sighed, knowing that his house keys were on a separate ring in the house.
Telling: “We took a cab the next day up the mountain and I of course got mountain sickness right away.”
SHOW CAB RIDE; SHOW MOUNTAIN SICKNESS
Showing: Upon the early break of the shimmering sun that rose above the peaks of the pinpointed mountains, we gathered abroad in the six passenger vibrant honey bee yellow cab that flashed its way up the road towards our destination of unsettling wind that will brush itself across our noses, and through our hair, along with cold shiny white snow like the tuff of a bunny’s tail. My head hurting like I haven’t slept in days, and a temperature, that rose unkindly. Mountain sickness was the nickname for this common break of illness that will quickly affect people like eating bad sushi.
Telling: It was a cool fall Saturday evening in November 2009.
SHOW COOL FALL DAY
Showing: The sun was setting and as the cool wind blew in like a refrigerator door being opened up, we noticed that fall had begun. Leaves were starting to flutter to the ground to join the ocean of orange, yellow and red. I ran into the Monaco motor home to grab my jacket for the first time this year. Temperatures were starting to drop down below "t-shirt" weather.
Telling: When we finally arrived to the beautiful lake.
SHOW ARRIVING AT LAKE; SHOW IT IS BEAUTIFUL
Showing: My dad parked the truck and I jumped out eagerly, nearly slipping because there's a lot of little rocks on the ground. I took a deep breathe of relief, we are finally here. The sun was out and about, and no clouds in sight. It was about 90 degrees out, I looked over at the water and I could see the sparkles of how the sun was hitting the water. We had a beautiful view.
Telling: Just the thought of them being able to lay down and not be strapped in and crowded was frustrating, because here we are hip to hip filling every seat.
SHOW CROWDED AND FRUSTRATING
Showing: While my mother and her cousins got to fearlessly lay around comfortably, my cousins and I had to be sitting thigh to thigh, sweating on the tan leather seats, with the sun beating down on us with a broken air conditioner, strapped in the whole car ride.
Telling: My piggy bank was pretty, pink and skinny.
Showing: Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, and Belle. Surrounding a pink castle with a pointy top and a hole on the bottom. It was detailed with flowers in all colors and animals all around. This was the piggy bank I had since I went to Disney when I was little.
Telling: The officer, the neighbors, and the rest of my grandmother’s family gathered around to watch her do the test to see if she could reach the eggs.
SHOW THE GATHERING/ SHOW THE TEST MORE
Showing: The clearly miffed police officer huffed as he gathered the irked neighbors, my spooked kid grandmother, and the rest of her nervous family. The group huddled tensely around the tangly wires surrounding the chicken coop to determine once and for all if such an unassuming little girl was indeed the culprit. The chickens clucked with shrill unrest as my grandmother trembled to see if she could reach for the pearly white eggs.
Telling: Some of the best food is cooked for this holiday.
SHOW THE BEST FOOD
Showing: The feast consisted of Red Chile Enchiladas, pork and candy tamales, carne aside, roasted chicken, charro beans, mexican rice, rajas con crema, traditional holiday drinks like stole or chapurrado are served along with aqua de jamaica and horchata, and desserts like flan, arroz con leche and tres leeches cake are served on this beautiful and festive night.