Our group gets to the airport and checks in our bags. While we're waiting around the terminal, Asako confides that it is her 77th birthday. I sneak away and drag Rick to go look for something celebratory. I get a huge chocolate muffin and gather everyone around to sing Happy Birthday to Asako. I almost ROFL when Rick lights his cigarette lighter to substitute as the candle.
After we finish our song, one of the other ladies tells me we should sing a song for Rick. She suggests, "Hawaii Aloha." When I tell her I have no idea what the lyrics are, she whips a much folded and aged copy out of her wallet!!!
Uncle Tom comes strolling up with a coffee cup in his hand and tells everyone to make a circle around him and hold hands. Uncle Tom does a beautiful rendition of the song and we all back him up (our rendition was not so beautiful but it was loud). [Here's Bruddah Iz's version]
Man, we made a ruckus but it was such a wonderful and spontaneous thank you. Awwww. . . .
Rick did such a great job guiding us around the city. If you ever take a trip to Sao Paulo, I highly recommend him! :)