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Topic: In-Law(s) (05/08/08)
TITLE: The Christmas Present
By Debbie Fuhry
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I went looking for Dave. As usual, my 14-year son old was glued to his computer. “Dave, do you want to go to the store?” I asked.
His initial reluctance evaporated when I told him what we would be buying. He exploded from his computer chair and was seated in the car before I got my jacket out of the closet.
Half an hour later, we were perusing the electronics department. To my chagrin, there were two versions of the Mario Brothers game, and I was unable to figure out which to buy. Swallowing my pride, I called my father-in-law’s cell phone. My humiliation increased when I was unable to explain adequately the difference between the two games and had to hand the phone to Dave.
“Hi, Grandpa.” A pause. “No, Dad doesn’t really know much about this stuff. Let me tell you what they have here.”
I winced at that, but the conversation continued, and soon they settled upon the correct game. Leaving my son to guard the cabinet, as there appeared to be only one DS of the right color in the case, I went in search of a salesperson. After several minutes, I finally found a tall young man, awkwardly bent over by the cash register so that only his back was visible. He appeared to be trying to find something, so I waited several moments before interrupting him.
“Excuse me.” No response. I spoke a little louder. “Excuse me!”
He straightened up. “Yeah, what do you need?”
I hid my surprise that the young man looked no older than Dave, and asked, “Can you open the cabinet over here, please? I want to buy a DS and a game to go with it.”
Relieved that this errand would finally be complete, I followed the salesperson to the cabinet. Before unlocking it, he glanced at Dave and asked in a friendly tone, “So, is the game for your son?”
I heard a strangling noise behind me as Dave tried not to laugh. “No,” I said. “Actually, it’s for my mother-in-law.”
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