Take Your Child to Work Day (Or, as Parents’ think, Why?) . . .
Vinnie’s dad is sipping a coffee at the breakfast bar. Vinnie is sitting at the breakfast bar staring at his dad. Rupert is sitting on the breakfast bar smiling at Vinnie’s dad. Dexter is lying on the floor next to Vinnie’s stool wondering why Vinnie isn’t eating. Vinnie’s mom is standing facing Vinnie’s dad.
Vinnie’s mom says, “I have a great idea.”
“Is it about dinner, Mom?” asks Vinnie. “Are you thinking of taking us all to Uncle Mike’s to celebrate Dad’s getting Uncle Mike off on a technicality. I think Dr. Cashman will be there.”
Vinnie’s mom turns a bit toward Vinnie, “No. That is not what I was thinking.”
Vinnie’s dad’s male brain sends a warning signal telling him to ask Vinnie’s mom what she is thinking. Vinnie’s dad says, “What are you thinking, Marti?”
Vinnie’s mom smiles, and says, “I was thinking Vinnie can follow me today. I’m going to yoga class. It will be so much fun. After yoga class, I’m meeting with Sister Janet to help plan the 4th Grade bible study class outing. Then, we . . .”
“I’m going with Dad, Mom. I have to. I already told everybody. Please, Mom, please.”
Vinnie’s mom looks toward Vinnie’s dad for support. Vinnie’s dad glances at his iPhone to check sports scores. Vinnie’s mom rolls her eyes. She says, “You’re going to miss the most fun part of the day. After meeting with Sister Janet, we can go to the nature museum.”
“It is not boring. You’ll learn so much.”
Vinnie’s dad says, “I have to go. We’re stopping by Starbucks like I promised, then off to court. You want to go with us. It’d be great fun and you can see me in action.”
Vinnie’s mom points a finger at her chest, “You’re asking me if I want to see you defend the mob?”
“Cool, right, Mom?” says Vinnie.
“What happened to the guy who can’t speak English who came from Sicily? I thought you were defending him?” says Marti.
“I am. But, he cancelled his appearance in court,” says Vinnie’s dad.
“How did he cancel his appearance in court? I thought only a judge can do that,” says Vinnie’s mom.
“He skipped bail.”
“Wow, Dad. Can I use your iPhone and record everything that happens?” says Vinnie.
Vinnie’s mom and dad answer as one, “No.”
“That’s okay. I have a great memory and I won’t forget anything. Do we get to visit Uncle Mike in his cell before we go to court?”
“Uncle Mike is not in jail. This is only a preliminary hearing, a kind of show cause where the prosecution has to show there is enough evidence to go to trial.”
“I wish Mrs. Mavis had to have enough evidence before she puts me in time out or sends me to the office. Can you ask Uncle Mike to ask Dr. Cashman to tell that to Mrs. Mavis?”
“I knew this was going to happen, I knew it. I knew it,” says Vinnie’s mom.
“It’s going to be okay, Mom. If the judge wants to send me to time out, Dad will get me off on a technicality.
“Mary, I need help.”