As always - The Cast of Characters
Me (The Daddy)
The Bean: Age 7
The Butterfly: Age 6
The Darling Wife
The Buffett Puppy
The Bean and The Butterfly will be so excited! They will jump up and down! They will give us three cheers! Hip, hip, hooray!!!
The Bean immediately asks if we can bring Buffett. We tell her "No, Buffett will be staying at Grammy's house. The Bean's eyes swell. She starts to cry.
The Butterfly is confused by the arrangement. She thinks we are leaving right then. She disappears upstairs to pack.
We explain that we won't be leaving for, like, a week.
The Bean is now over the dog and is concentrating on the number of days we'll be there. We say 3 and she's furious. She wants 5.
Grammy has an expression she likes to toss around - "Ungrateful wretch". Fitting, no?
The DW has had about enough of this. She collars up Buffett and disappears into the night rain. The storm outside is nothing compared to the one brewing at our dinner table.
And I'm left with two "ungrateful wretches". I send them to their respective rooms. It's Monday and I have football to watch.