Since I’m loathe to simply slap up the “Writer At Work” sign and leave my poor readers with only the Sunday paper or less worthy blogs (blogs of dear friends excluded, of course,) I’m doing the next easiest thing: posting something I’ve already written. Frankie got a lot of love last week, so for all you Frankie fans out there — enjoy this excerpt from my book. And don’t hold it against me if the sign’s there next week.
Arguments with my mother can sound like Abbott and Costello routines. We are parked in the car and my mom is taking Frankie out to do his business.
“When we get back, we can eat!” she tells him.
“I thought you said you didn’t bring any cookies,” I say.
“I didn’t. You said you brought grapes.”
“I did. But those are for lunch.”
“But we always have a snack at the park.”
“Yes. We always have cookies. You’re welcome to the grapes. But they were for lunch.”
“Well, I didn’t bring cookies. I thought we could eat your grapes.”
“Again. We can. I’m just saying, they were for lunch.”
Frankie whimpers to remind us he needs to go out or this could go on forever. As the door shuts, she shoots me a look that says I’m a spoiled child, unwilling to share.