On Evening Conversations

My grandmother was taking a nap. Dinner was ready. I needed to wake her.

She was on the couch. I shook her foot, and she let out a ooh! of surprise. “Dinner’s ready,” I said.

“You mean breakfast,” she said.

“No, dinner.”

“It’s dark,” she said.

“Of course it’s dark. It’s dinner time.”

“We just had dinner.”

“No, we had dinner yesterday. It’s time for dinner now.”

“I want breakfast.”

“We had breakfast this morning.”

“No we didn’t.”

“You had pancakes.”

“Oh, yes, I did.”

“It’s dinnertime,” I said. “Get up.”

She got up. She ate dinner. Spaghetti. She didn’t eat much of it.

At least she made it through dinner without asking where the street light is, oh, a half-dozen times. Strangely, she didn’t ask once.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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