By Jeannette Gartner
Wow! What a surprise! We had no idea that all of you were coming home for Father’s Day. It sure was nice to have you surprise us with your friends just as we were getting ready to go on our trip. Don’t worry, I’m sure we can get a refund of some sort from the airline and cruise ship.
And those four dogs you brought – pedigreed Great Danes, huh? We’re surprised that they could run around the house, as big as they were, without actually breaking more than a few things. But that’s okay; we had planned to give that statue to you guys anyway in our will. Somehow I thought Great Danes would be more coordinated. Maybe when they get over their puppy stage, they will be. It sure is a good thing we live in the country, so we didn’t have to follow the dogs around with bags. That would’ve been a full-time job with those bruisers!
I’m sorry we didn’t have more food in the house, but we had just cleaned out the fridge because we were going to be gone. Good thing the grocery store is so close! I’m sure Mom really enjoyed all the cooking she got to do anyway, because with just the two of us, she doesn’t get to make so many big meals any more. We forgot how much you guys can put away!
Don’t worry about the washing machine. It was just not used to big loads of wash and it was probably time we got a new one anyway. The plumber said it wouldn’t cost too much to unclog the pipes. Speaking of unclogging, whew, I guess you’re not used to Mexican food anymore and sort of overdosed, huh?
We hope you enjoyed seeing all the friends you invited over to our home over the weekend. I know they must have enjoyed your mom’s cooking and the stereo you played. It’s amazing to us that all of you know so many computer games! Boy, oh boy, you must surely have wiped out all the bad guys in the world, not to mention the buildings and vehicles. I can still hear the shooting reverberating in my ears.
Incidentally, about the dogs, I hope they’re used to eating frozen steaks, since somehow they were able to get into the freezer. Did they have any stomach trouble on the trip home? You might have a problem where you live since they seem to have developed a taste for rabbits. Are there many rabbits in the city? I’m glad none of them were seriously hurt by the glass from the antique mirror they ran into when they were chasing each other around. At least most of the chasing stopped after one of the dogs had her six puppies on our white bedspread. We needed a new bedspread anyway. Did all the pups get home okay? It’s a shame they were too young to leave with us like you wanted.
The plethora of gifts you brought was amazing! I know I’ll get a lot of use out of the kneepads. They’ll come in handy when I work in the garden. It was very thoughtful to load up my computer with new computer games, and one day I might even learn to play them. A high-tech address book? Wow! If I could just remember how you told me to turn it on. Just curious – where did you hide the old coffee pot we had? The new one is lovely, but for some reason we can’t seem to get it to actually make coffee. Thanks for all the gifts, especially the plans for the bedroom you were going to remodel. It’s a shame you ran out of time and were only able to tear out the dry wall and remove the insulation. Maybe the next time you’re here, you can finish the job, or it could give me something to work on . . .
By the way, you might think about what you’re going to do for Thanksgiving and Christmas, since Mom and I won’t be home. I think we’re going on a cruise, or somewhere. And next year on Father’s Day, we might come visit you, so don’t make plans to come home. In fact, we’ve been meaning to mention this before, but we’re thinking of moving. If we do, we’ll try to remember to let you know where we are, but at least we’ll call once in a while. And we’ll certainly send you a birthday card from wherever we’re traveling at the time. Hey, maybe we can even meet once in a while somewhere and you can take us out to dinner! In the meantime, we’ll be sure to let you know if we need anything.
P.S. Where did you hide all the dirty dishes?