Hi Dad! The older one’s chipper voice answering the phone took me by surprise.
Hi bud. How’s it going?
Are you being a good boy?
Are you being kind to your brother?
Yup, he keeps yelling at us.
That happens. You just set a good example for him.
I will. Hey Dad?
I need to put you on hold.
The sound of the phone set down is followed with a fair amount of crashing and banging. For several minutes.
You still there? He says after a while.
Um, yes. What are you doing?
Oooohh nothing…stuff. I’m just playing ninjas.
How’s your work today?
It’s fine. I miss you guys!
Well, then why don’t we come and get you?
Well, I can’t. I got to be here right now. Soon though, ok?
Ok. I love you. Bye.
Bye. Don’t drive you Mom crazy.