Tuesday, June 15, 2010

D Day Minus 211 (August 9, 2009)

"I know how to save two hours of your life." I said as I pulled plates from the cupboard. You sat at the kitchen table waiting for Dad's French Toast ala Costco baguettes and bacon breakfast -- and Katie.

"How?" You asked, with a hint of smile, trying to hide your preoccupation with the family room window and the shadows of passersby and car doors slamming. Your mask-o-chemo was fading. In fact you looked ready to start your first day at Wegmans. Almost.

"Do NOT. I repeat. Do not watch Mama Mia with Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan." I said with as much melodrama as I could muster for a lazy Sunday morning. "Morgan and I watched it last night while she was on the cross-trainer."

"I wasn't planning on watching it." You said as you watched Dad juggle bacon in the microwave and french toast on the griddle. "But thanks for letting me know."

"It was bad." Morgan said toting her old show choir chair from the garage so she'd have a place to sit when Katie came. "A.I. movie bad."

We laughed as we relived our family benchmark for bad movies. You were 16 and Morgan was 14 and it was the Summer of 2001. You two convinced Dad and me to go. The little boy from Sixth Sense played a robot boy who searched everywhere for the blue fairy. We thought the movie ended when he found the blue fairy. We even got up to leave. Only to sit back down, flabbergasted that it wasn't over. I'm not sure if we were idiots or optimists, but we stayed for another hour until it really ended.

"A.I. is on FIOS On Demand along with Mama Mia if you really want to show Katie a good time." I teased.

"Whatever." You said as you walked to door to let Katie in. You told her to sit down, while you got her some orange juice and made sure she had whatever she needed.  We finally got Dad to sit down and did what we do best -- tease each other and eat all of Dad's good food.


  1. Jeff's french toast really is amazing :)

  2. I know. BTW, I really do like Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Mama Mia not just together.