t's funny listening to Mom and Dad talk to each other sometimes. Neither of them can hear very well. Dad's voice has changed so much that the gruffness makes it hard to understand. And Mom always thinks she's talking louder than she actually is.
One day, I heard them discussing a magazine.
Mom: Do you want this?
Dad: No, but the grandson (speaking of my son) might.
Mom: What did you say?
Dad: The grandson might.
Mom (looking around quizzically): I still can't understand what you're saying.
So, I step in to try and help.
Me: He said "The grandson might."
Mom: I can't understand you either.
Me (after trying a couple more times, then gesturing to myself): My son... He might like it.
Mom: Oh, yes, OK.
Then this morning, they were talking about going out to eat at a restaurant that gives Veterans a free meal on Veteran's Day. My husband and I aren't going to be home that day, so I suggested Dad might want to take Mom out for a meal. I asked if they were planning to take my son with them for dinner or go at lunch time while he's in school. First, Dad corrected me, saying that he'd be eating dinner while my son is in school, but they could take him along for supper (welcome to Rural America). Then Mom joked and said, "We'll take him with us for supper and make him watch us eat."
Dad didn't hear her. So, I got to watch the exchange again.
Finally Dad heard what she said. Then, he quipped, "That's when he'd grow a long arm." He knows my son well. :)
Happy Veteran's Day, and to all who have served or are serving our country, many, many thanks!