Practicing the Mother-Guilt
(My phone rings)
TR: Hey Jack.
TR: Why didn’t you pick up before?
Jack: I was talking to Dennis.
TR: Well, when I call, you should always answer. No one’s more important than your mother.
Jack: Yeah, yeah. Why did you call?
TR: To make sure you got home safely and that you’re ok. And to see if you let Fay out of her cage and took her outside.
Jack: Yes I took her! Even though I was locked out and had to crawl through the window.
TR: Did you give her some love--play with her a little?
Jack: No. She’s playing with Daisy. Is that all you wanted?
TR: You’d better stop being mean to me.
Jack: How am I being MEAN?
TR: You’re being short and ugly—when I was just making sure you were all right.
Jack: You really just wanted to ask about Fay. You always bring the dog into it.
TR: That’s not true…I don’t ask you to do much for me—Is it too much to ask for you to give my puppy a kiss?
Jack: Oh my god…I’m hanging up now. Bye.