He looks happy enough, for a grade 6 transferee. He’s been to four schools in his elementary school life, because of having to move house. And he knows he’s up for another move for the next school year. But he’s the kind of guy who takes changes in stride and never lets a change in plans ruin his day. His name is Xavier Lourenco (that’s Hav-yer Lorenzo) but we call him Maui, after his paternal grandfather Mauricio (may he rest in peace), whom he resembled at the day of his birth.
For some reason his baby sister adores him. When he’s not with her cracking up he’s usually in front of his computer, deep into his fanfiction, FESS/Ambrosia forums or his favorite strategy games. He “rests his eyes” by reading about space and astronauts and fighter pilots. His main household chore is to do the dishes after lunch on the weekends when he’s home. He’s on the honors list of the graduating class. On the last day of their religious retreat three weeks ago he pointed his crush out to me.
He can recite the screenplays of Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down from memory, with full cast lists for each. Another favorite is the Band of Brothers series. He’ll be a teen-ager on his birthday four months from now. His idea of clothes shopping is to buy the first thing he fancies and then go home. When he goes shopping with the family, we buy his stuff last, because once he gets them he goes “Can we go home now, huh, can we go home now?”
Here he is doing his impression of a flashlight model. Or was it a toothpaste commercial. He’s thinking of having his new room painted sea green and putting blinds in to help the feng shui. On Saturday he’ll be in formal clothes and a toga, saying goodbye to elementary school.
Congratulations, Kuya Maui!
Kuya the Graduate