A 16-year-old girl stands in the kitchen, talking on the phone. There's a long cord attaching the phone to the wall, so she can make it to the hallway or the dining room, but that's about all.
"Uh Huh." She's talking to a friend of hers, but the friend is doing most of the talking.
"Yeah." She tries to be a good friend as she listens to a long list of complaints about teachers, boys, mean girls, homework.
"That's awful." She applies her friend duty of consolation, but it's beginning to be such a drain. All she wants to do it get off the phone, and chill on the couch.
"What am I doing this weekend? Umm..." Geez. She has no plans. She was looking forward to a weekend of nothing.
"Can I spend the night over?" She is getting nervous. She imagines a whole night of complaints and consolations. It's more than she can handle.
"Gee. I'm not sure. I'll have to ask my mom if I'm allowed." Her friend sounds excited.
The girl calls for her mom, and mom appears at the end of the hallway. The girl stares her mother straight in the eye and starts shaking her head back and forth.
"Can I spend the night at so-and-so's house tonight?"
Mom replies, "Not tonight, dear. We have things to do in the morning." She says it loud enough to be heard over the phone.
The girl smiles. A silent thank you to mom.
"Sorry. My mom said no. Maybe another time." The girl says her good byes and hangs up.
Happy Mother's Day mom!
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