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Richard Halle

The Apples and the Tree

Pop, the kids can’t go to the game with you on Sunday

Because there’s a rehearsal for a church play

And they need to be there.

We’ve had tickets for a month, Phil.

We were careful about the date

And, I think, everyone is looking forward to it.

You know we have to be flexible

Because of the kids’ schedules.

Are you so sure it will be concluded that a

Rehearsal is more important than a family outing?

No, Pop.

And neither do you.

It’s just the right thing to do under the circumstances.

It’s not the right thing to do.

The right thing to do is not disappoint everyone.

Everyone?

O.K. Me then.

Use the tickets and take some of your friends.

You’ll enjoy the game.

You and the kids can go again another time.

This isn’t that important.

It is to me.

Then get over it Pop.

How many times did you disappoint me

Because of some priority you had?

So you’re punishing me today

For what you think are my past transgressions?

Maybe it’s just us Pop.

Our family.

The way you were raised and the way you raised us,

Makes us who we are.

If you’re disappointed and angry, too bad.

There will be other days

And if not, so what?

Phil, you sound just like your Grandfather.

Grampa Grant is Richard Hille a long time Laguna Beach resident with three Grandchildren.

 

 

 

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