(from this time last year)
Dad: (outside voice in the car) Oh, Stephy, your mother would like it just as much if you just made her something, made her a card, you know, draw her a picture and make her a card, with lots of colors. You like to draw. Tell her how much you love her. (inside voice) sorry Stephen but we’re NOT going to the jewelry store.
Me: But Daaaad, I want to get her something nice and she likes earrings, the long ones, can’t I get her some earrings?
Dad: (outside voice) Well I have to stop for gas, you can get it if you’d like.
Me: Can I?!
Dad: (inside voice) nicely done Joe (outside voice) Of course, I need a full tank for work on Monday and you can make sure of it, then we have to stop at Red Mills for a few things your Mom wants us to pick up for dinner tonight.
Me: Then maybe to the earring store?
Dad: (inside voice) damn he’s good (outside voice) Well that’s a little bit out of the way and we don’t want to be late for your Mom right?
Me: No, I gueeeess, she’ll get mad. Tomorrow maybe?
Dad: (outside voice) Well, tomorrow is already Mother’s Day plus we have to get the things she wants and then go to church and then come home for din …
Me: Ooohhhhh Chuuuurch?!!! But it’s Mother’s Day tomorrow!!
Dad: (inside voice) sigh. (outside voice) Church doesn’t think about things like that, you still go no matter what day tomorrow is. I’ll tell you what. We’ll pick up a few things your Mom doesn’t know about.
Me: Like what?
Dad: Some color markers and some paper, the big paper so you can make her that card, a really special one. Maybe even some other things to add to it. So much better than earrings
Dad: Oh, yes
Me: One of the ones with so many colors? The big box?
Dad: Yeah, but just between you and me of course.
Me: Oh … of course … of course? … oh, of course … Yes.
Dad: (inside voice) whewww … wow, I hope Red Mills has some flowers.
Not quite the same Ma, but Happy Mother’s Day. You too Sis. Love ya.