“Mom, she’s grating on me again.”
Jayne slumped over the steering wheel watching the wheels on the minivan in front of her turn around and around on I-64. She noted with a forced grin the plastic smiley face that swung from the inside of the back window of the vehicle in front of her. "Very funny, God", she thought.
She glanced in her rearview mirror wondering why her six year old son felt the need to read a dictionary and use words like “grating” and “obnoxious” to describe his sister. She caught her daughter’s tongue frozen in mid-taunt with eyes crossed for good measure.
“Your face is going to freeze that way”, Jayne cautioned as her daughter whipped her tongue back into place.
Jordan donned a cherub grin that would fool everyone but her parents, brother and closest friends.
“Well, actually Mom, our faces can’t actually freeze if we contort them.” Jimmy countered in the backseat, always the intellectual.
Jayne lifted a hand to rub the deep line that had creased her brow since becoming a mom. “Is that so?”
Silence lulled a temporary reminder that trouble was brewing. Jayne looked in reflection at her kids, glad that she had started off on this grand and great adventure cross-country with them to visit historical places.
“So are you kids having a great time yet?” Jayne asked.
“The greatest!” Jordan yelled loudly.
Jimmy started to sing. “Great big globs of gritty, grimy gopher guts, mutilated monkey meat…”
“Ewh, Jimmy!” Jayne interrupted her son. “Pick another song. One without tutti-fruity birdie feet.”
Jayne laughed. Even intellectuals have their fun moments.
Her kids looked at each other and in a moment a mom longs for became united with something in common.
“How great is our God…Sing with me, how great is our God.” Their song echoed in perfect timing with the swinging smiley face on the minivan in front of them. “Very funny, God.” Jayne thought with a smile as she joined her children’s impromptu praise and worship. Very funny.
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