Welcome, guest. You are not logged in.
Log in or join for free!
Stay logged in
Forgot login details?

Stay logged in

For free!
Get started!

Multimedia gallery


Back to the O.R.

We all got up and headed for the dining room as I looked at Pop and said, "I
think I'd like to give Alexis a call in the morning and see if I can
schedule a time where Jay and I can examine Emilio and see if there is
anything we can do for him surgically. Either way though, he is coming here
as a resident because there isn't any place willing to accept him."

Pop smiled at the three of us and said, "I thought you would all feel that
way. In case you're wondering, I'm letting you guys make more of the
decisions as to who comes here and who doesn't. I'm planning on taking a
less active role here because I'm going to be looking at other areas where
the foundation can be of assistance. This will mean I'll be travelling more
so my time here will be limited. I have had three requests for assistance
and I want to see if they meet the criteria. After that is done, I'm
planning on going back into full time retirement. I want to watch these boys
grow and become good young men."

We went over to a table and sat down and Steven brought us all some sodas
joining us. He smiled at us and said, "It looks like you have a few new
couples here."

I looked at him and said, "Yes little brother and your son is part of one."

"I know," Steven said. "But your son is looking rather lonely and dejected.
It looks like he's come in late on maybe finding a boyfriend for himself."

I was surprised at Steven's observation. Tito never expressed an interest in
any of the guys other than just being friends. This was a new revelation and
one that I would have to be more aware of in the future. Tito may be getting
ready to enter puberty soon so I will need to be there if and when he has

We talked about nothing of any major importance until we heard the phone
ring. I walked into the office and Gwen was on the other end. She was asking
to speak to Pop so I went and got him so they could talk. I handed him the
phone and on my way out, I closed the door allowing him privacy.

Mike looked at me and said, "Who is that?"

I looked back at the office and said, "It's Gwen. There was something in her
voice that told me it was both important and private so I thought it best to
close the door."

Jay finished his soda and said, "Do you think she, BURP. . ."

We all broke out into boisterous laugh and Steven said, "Looks like you
still have the record in how to be crass."

Jay laughed at his brother and said, "Bite me. As I was saying before, do
you think she may have another resident for us?"

"Yes she does," Pop said coming out of the office. "Last night a boy about
10 was sitting in the parking lot of her apartment complex and she knew he
didn't belong to anyone there. This was the last thing she needed because
her superiors were giving her a hard time over her constant investigating of
foster parents. She talked with the boy and learned his name was Tommy. He
said his parents tossed him out when they found a gay story in his things.
She took the boy into her apartment and called the social worker on call for
the evening but she refused to come out. She let the boy stay with her that
night and notified the police he was with her and had them check to see if
there was a missing child report on him."

Pop stopped talking and took several drinks of his soda so he could moisten
his throat. After a few minutes he continued saying, "She didn't get any
calls on the boy during the evening so she took him into the office with
her. Without much to go on, all she could do was seek an emergency parental
rights termination order and get Tommy placed with a long-term family. As
soon as she came in, her superiors jumped her again. Gwen quickly filled out
the necessary paperwork for terminating parental rights and getting Tommy
transferred to The Ranch. In court, the judge signed both orders and that's
why she called me. She worked out a time so we can pick Tommy up and bring
him here. She also told me that she was totally fed up with her supervisors
getting on her for doing her job properly. She is going to resign her
position as soon as she gets back into the office."

Pop stopped again and took some more of his soda. None of us had said
anything while he was talking as this was really holding our interest. Pop
looked at us saying, "When Gwen said she was resigning, I wanted her
experience, knowledge and compassion working for us so I've offered her a
position here. Mike, you will have a supervisor now and she will be able to
teach you a lot that will help you in college. I'm also going to utilize her
ability with kids and make her a house parent. Marco, your house is almost
full so I'm going to need another soon. Ronnie has hired a chef for the main
house and he has another ready to start. It looks like we are really
beginning to grow."

I looked at Pop and asked, "When are you going to get them? Jay is going to
call Alex and schedule a time we can meet with her and examine Emilio so
maybe it can all be done at once. What do you know about Tommy? Did Gwen
tell you anything about him other than he was about 10 years old?"

Pop shook his head and said, "No Son she didn't, other than she really
wanted to get him here."

Steven spoke up and said, "Pop, Angel is coming back from Seattle. Can't she
detour into Los Angeles and get Gwen and Tommy on their way back?"

Pop went over to Steven and kissed him on the cheek like he was 10 again and
said, "Man I forgot all about that. They haven't left yet so they should be
able to change their flight plan. Thanks Son, I'm glad you remembered."

I said looking at Jay, "I'm glad we got the room cleaned up now. Kevin is
going to be having a roommate tonight."

Just then Edwardo came in and went over to Jay asking, "Dad, can I spend the
night with Kevin? Last night you said he was busy and couldn't be disturbed
but he said he's free tonight. Uncle Marco, is Kevin free tonight?"

Jay and I looked at each other and we both thought about Tommy coming in
tonight. I nodded my head to Jay telling him it was all right with me. Jay
smiled and said, "Sure Son, it's alright. Just be aware that you might have
Tito in the other bed. We have a new resident arriving tonight and he may
not feel comfortable sleeping with someone."

"Sure Dad," Edwardo said smiling. "Tito can use the other bed. I mean that
won't be a problem. He's welcome with us."

Jay hugged his son as Steven said, "I think you may have a guest tonight

Jay raised his eyebrows and said "Don't tell me, Stevie wants to stay,
doesn't he?" Steven just smiled and nodded his head.

I looked up and saw Pop coming out of the office with a smile on his face. I
was pretty sure he got through to Angel and she will be making a detour to
LA on her way back. I looked at my watch and it was now three-thirty in the
afternoon. I figured everyone wouldn't be here much before eight-thirty or
nine so I wanted to have my crew bathed so I could greet Tommy when he
arrived. Gwen would probably be using the guest room at the main house and
that would please Pop. I've never seen him light up like this before but if
he is happy, that's all that matters. I went into the kitchen and spoke with
Ronnie so that extra food could be made for our arrivals.

Jay went into the office and called Alexis to schedule an appointment to
interview and examine Emilio. They agreed that we would be there by eleven
and we could have lunch together before returning home.

We were sitting around the table talking about Tommy and Emilio when 8 rowdy
boys began arguing about what they wanted to watch on the television. Jay
and I looked at each other when suddenly there was a loud crash on the
floor. Pop came out of the office and Ronnie out of the kitchen to see what
happened. Four of the seven boys were now on the floor wrestling and they
were ours. Edwardo, Stevie, Ruben and Tito were wrestling over the remote
control for the television.

In my loud military voice I said, "Just what is going on in here?"

The boys froze in position with no one daring to move. One by one they stood
before their respective fathers awaiting their fate. They looked up at us
but no one had yet spoken when Ronnie said, "You boys were asked a question
now I expect an answer."

Tito looked at the others and said, "Something we weren't supposed to be
doing in the house."

"Where is the remote?" Pop asked looking at the boys trying not to smile. He
knew that sooner or later, boys will be boys and their pent up energy would
get the better of them.

Kevin got up and picking it off the floor and handing it to him he said,
"Here it is grandpa."

Pop smiled at them and said, "Why don't you boys go out and play until
dinner. It's four-fifteen and dinner is at six. You will need to wash up
before you sit down, so you all know how much time you have. Now scoot and
go play but just don't kill each other." The rest of the afternoon went
smoothly and without incident.

After dinner, six of the eight boys were loaded into my Hummer and were on
their way back to the house for the evening. I got the guys inside and
talked with them saying, "I want you to get your showers and then you can
relax and do what ever you all want. I know what you are thinking but that
is for after lights are out. Tito, you can shower with the others upstairs.
Mike, will you ride heard on this wild bunch?"

Everyone went in their own direction for a few minutes but Mike quickly got
them herded towards the showers. I went into my room and got showered
myself. I wanted to be presentable when our guests arrived. I got dressed
again then settled in my recliner to watch some television.

I got comfortable and I had my little munchkin crawl up onto my lap. I felt
him get comfortable and he snuggled his head onto my chest. He looked up at
me and said, "Daddy, I heard Tommy is my age. I know he's going to be scared
tonight so can we sleep together in case he has a bad dream?"

I kissed him on the head and wrapped him in my arms saying, "I know you've
missed out on finding a special friend son. Tommy is your age and yes, you
can sleep with him tonight. We don't know anything about him but I'm sure
Gwen ...

This page:

Help/FAQ | Terms | Imprint
Home People Pictures Videos Sites Blogs Chat