Sundays With Ingrid

Ingrid had rehearsal after school. A real bad rehearsal: she forgot everything – her marks, her cues, her lines. Jill wrapped it up early. Ingrid went into the lobby of Prescott Hall, prepared for a long wait. But Brucie’s father, coming in the door, said, “Hello, Ingrid. Your mom called and asked if I’d drop you off.”

“Oh,” said Ingrid. Did Mom even know Mr. Berman? She herself had only met him once, in the Prescott Hall parking lot.

They got in Mr. Berman’s car, Ingrid, at Mr. Berman’s insistence, in front, and Brucie in back.

“How was rehearsal?” said Mr. Berman.

“Good,” said Ingrid. She remembered that he was a rabbi and added, “Thanks.” She didn’t know anything about rabbis, had no idea what to expect. She glanced at Mr. Berman. He looked like all the other dads.

“Music?” he said, sliding a CD into the player.

“Sure,” said Ingrid.

“No,” said Brucie, a groaning kind of no.

Music started playing.

“Love Bob Dylan,” said Mr. Berman.

Brucie didn’t say another word the whole way. Ingrid had never heard him so quiet.

From Into the Dark



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82 Responses to “Sundays With Ingrid”

  1. Melanie
    9:12 am on February 13th, 2011

    So all the bus driver has to do is play Bob Dylan songs and Brucie will never bother Ingrid again!

  2. B.Stover
    9:17 am on February 13th, 2011

    Why doesn’t Brucie like Bob Dylan?
    Good morning Chet and Melanie….and everyone.

  3. B.Stover
    9:21 am on February 13th, 2011

    Rio: I’ve never heard of the Meltzer Decoded program. Is it On Demand?

    Wolfie: 78 is 8 degrees too warm as far as I’m concerned.

  4. Barb & Maggie
    9:46 am on February 13th, 2011

    Good morning everyone.

    We are supposed to hit 50 degrees by end of week. Only problem with that is that there will be flooding. Rivers are already high, and when all the snow starts melting it spells big problems.

  5. Melanie
    9:49 am on February 13th, 2011

    B.Stover: Because his father does.
    I “googled” Brad Meltzer’s Decoded. He is a best-selling author (?) who has a series on the History Channel. It’s about the “secret history of the symbols and codes that surround us everyday.”

    Never heard of it.

  6. Melanie
    9:51 am on February 13th, 2011

    Barb & MagPie: I remember those floods. We lived near the DuPage River and the Morton Arboretum. It would really get full.

    One year we went to one of the rivers (can’t remember which one) and watched them fill the sand bags up and make dykes. Wow. That was scary.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    9:59 am on February 13th, 2011

    Melanie, There was much flooding out here last year, too. We are near the Pecatonica River. Fortunately, we didn’t have a problem here at our home.

  8. B.Stover
    10:50 am on February 13th, 2011

    Mollypop: Could you please ask your mom to try to post the link to get the page number app for the Kindle. I haven’t been able to find anything under Kindle tools.

  9. B.Stover
    10:54 am on February 13th, 2011

    Metzer Decoded sounds interesting. When is it on?

  10. Wolfie
    11:06 am on February 13th, 2011

    We are listening to Brad Meltzer’s newest book right now. It got panned by the readers on amazon, but we are enjoying it. He mentioned that the series is over and hasn’t been picked up for a second season yet.

  11. Wolfie
    11:08 am on February 13th, 2011

    We love Bob Dylan, especially the early songs.

  12. Wolfie
    11:13 am on February 13th, 2011

    Siberia H will disagree also.

    The Kats won’t.

  13. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:35 am on February 13th, 2011

    Stover!…I told you about Brad Meltzer’s show a few weeks ago…snort!…You said you were going to check it out….humphf!…Anyway, a few shows are still out there On Demand…grunt!

    Breakfast!…We are off to have breakfast with her mother…sniff!…Hopefully she is not making bacon as my friend will be tempted to eat it…snort!

  14. B.Stover
    11:43 am on February 13th, 2011

    Rio: Oh oh…..Did I forget another thing? I just found Brad etc. On Demand. There are five episodes. I’ll look at it.

  15. Melanie
    11:45 am on February 13th, 2011

    Was this on Amazon? Netflix? Which On Demand?

  16. Melanie
    12:21 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Hmmm. . . just watched the beaver dive into the pool near that area I took his picture. That means he’s either got a hidey hole there or building a dam.

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    12:22 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Greetings everyone – we are just catching up from yesterday.
    Barb and Maggie – we understand about your reading tastes – Mama is no wimp, but she can’t read that stuff either. Can’t watch it on tv or movies. But what she finds even worse is when there is bad stuff that happens to animals. She couldn’t even read the section in DOI when Chet was captive in the dog pound. (When the movie Incredible Journey came out, she saw it and was literally sick and crying for days! And those critters all ended up ok)
    Maybe you could make a deal with your friend – for every book she insists you try, you could offer her some very deep, esoteric book that you like…maybe you could open HER horizons.
    Wolfie – move over…we may come for a visit!!!

  18. B.Stover
    12:24 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Melanie: It’s On Demand on my tv….Comcast cable.

  19. Mollie (a black poodle)
    12:58 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Finally saw The King’s Speech. What a wonderful movie. Colin Firth was great. Hope it wins Oscars.

  20. Barb & Maggie
    1:26 pm on February 13th, 2011

    T & G Thanks for the comments. As far as the lady Barb works with broadening her horizons, nah, that’s not going to happen. She is more of an associate than a friend. Only thing they have in common is that they both love dogs.

    Siber, We watched Marmaduke, which is pretty much a kid’s movie, but they had a scary dog character in there called a Chupadogra. Sort of reminded us of you (cause you talk about Chupacabras).

  21. B.Stover
    1:39 pm on February 13th, 2011

    There is a new series on Masterpiece Classics tonight: Any Human Heart.

  22. Melanie
    2:19 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Dawson: Here is what YSAS looked like as a BE extra for the first season. Sorry about the pic’s quality, but it’s the only one I have.

  23. Mollypop
    2:57 pm on February 13th, 2011

    B. Here is the early preview release of the latest Kindle software upgrade.

    ** This post got thrown away ** There was a URL here.

    When the software is actually released, it will come to your Kindle automatically.

  24. Mollypop
    3:02 pm on February 13th, 2011

    If there’s any flooding, I guess we can all blame Mom. She clearly wished too hard for warmer weather and now she’s unhappy with the results. When she started wishing, our wind chill was way below zero. So what happens? Now it’s 40 degrees – that’s not good for us to keep our beautiful snow for skiing.

  25. Siber-H
    3:03 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Maggie, That’s funny, Chupadogra. Mom says I’m not suppose to mention chupacabras again on the blog, but, say, they thought they had found one in Kentucky until the DNA showed that it was a raccoon without hair. Now they have to figure out why they have hairless raccoons running around.

    Melanie, what do you want to bet…that beaver is building a dam. I think that is a good photo of YSAS.

    Wolfie, I like that…Siberia H

  26. Melanie
    3:08 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Thanks MollyPop for the info on the Kindle.

    Siber-H: I am not taking that bet. 🙂

  27. Siber-H
    3:10 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Weather…Some Huskies here are already blowing their coats (not me) and the very early spring flowers are coming up.

  28. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:17 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Coats!….Here’s me thinking Husky’s weren’t vain or high maintenance, but now I learn that they blow-dry their fur! Go figure!…snort!

    Clarkson!…He’s such a dashing young man!…snort!

  29. Mollypop
    3:31 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Melanie – Please take more pictures of Bucky Beaver as his construction project progresses.

  30. C. Harris
    4:00 pm on February 13th, 2011

    -38. Was outside a bit yesterday but paid the price as it hurt to breathe. But the skies are blue and the sun is shining on white snow so it makes me happy.

  31. Barb & Maggie
    4:00 pm on February 13th, 2011

    That’s a great photo, Melanie. Too bad we don’t have HBO.

    Rio, I don’t think that is what Siber meant by coat blowing. I am doing the same thing here and Barb is vacuuming everyday. Not just the rugs, but her slippers, clothes, furniture, everything!

    I bet the racoon had mange.

  32. Siber-H
    4:48 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Maggie, I forgot to say that they determined that the raccoon didn’t have mange because that was my first thought. They are working on what is causing the hairless raccoons. It was very ugly.

    C.Harris, How are you feeling? Better, I hope.

  33. Barb & Maggie
    5:02 pm on February 13th, 2011

    We read Lake of Dreams a couple of weeks ago and have started The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. Both by Kim Edwards. They are good. Has anyone else read them? We are waiting for the first 2 Jaine Austen books by Levine to come in from the libiray. NOT going to read the slashser-dasher one on loan from coworker.

  34. Gus & BooBear
    5:33 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Got an email from SQ in response to something we had sent him and he mentioned that he hoped to be finished with Book 4 this week!!!! WooHoo!!!! Maybe it will be available before September!!

  35. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:33 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Heaven!….Oh my…yawn!… We were just outside sitting in the warm, warm sun. I was lying on the grass and snuffling the air. It smells a little like spring….snort!… She said she needed some D, and started another of The Charming Mr. Abraham’s books called Delusion. It starts out in prison. We always enjoy his prison stories…heh!

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:38 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Puss N’ Boots!… That is good news!….Woooo!… Thanks for sharing the info….snort!…Once he “finishes” then it has to go through the editing and rewrite process I suspect until it is perfect….heh!….Then there is the Illustrator for the artwork on the cover. Then the actual printing and binding…sniff!…No, it won’t be out until September me thinks…grunt!…So damned far away. At least we have Quacky Baseball and baseball season itself to look forward too!….chorkel!

  37. Mollypop
    6:39 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Siber-H – Have there been a lot of hairless raccoons?

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:44 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Perfect!… What a perfect day!….snort!… After two weeks of sheer hell on ice, today is so warm and happy and carefree…ahhh!… She feels good, I feel tip-top with all this warmness. Those neighborhood kids are out playing football on their front lawns with no coats on. That one little guy just never seems to grow. All the rest of them grew over the winter…hmmm!… Life is good right now. I must remember this for later when life sucks big time…grunt!

  39. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:46 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! I’m back! Mom and Dad just got back from the weekend away. Then my boy went and told them that I kept sitting in front of their bedroom door waiting for them to come out — sheesh! So I forgot they were gone — or maybe it was just wishful thinking!

    The said they spent a lot of time sitting on a swinging bench on the waterfront, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the 60-degree weather. Then after they checked out of their hotel room Mom realized she couldn’t find her cell phone. They went back to the waterfront and there it was, still sitting on their swing. Phew!

    Oh, and Rio: Mom said she thought about you while they were gone. They were in an antique store and found a ceramic tray with a pug on it, but they didn’t buy it. Go figure!

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:53 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Kirby!….That tray was probably priceless, that’s why they didn’t buy it….snorkel!… Did you read the post where I was whining about your folks renovation project inciting my friends love of watching those insipid DIY shows?….grunt!….I swear. There’s got to be some Hockey or something entertaining on besides Curb Appeal….grumble!

  41. Melanie
    7:02 pm on February 13th, 2011

    We’ve got Grace and Katy both blowing their coats. They walk through a room and clumps just fall off.

    The beaver was active today. Read something on Beaver Repellent. Safe for dogs and humans, but beavers don’t like the smell. I wonder if, though safe for dogs and humans, how bad does it smell for the Nation and for humans?

  42. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:09 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Rio: I didn’t ask Mom how much the tray cost, but you’re probably right. I did see that post about Curb Appeal — not my favorite show, either. Mom and Dad were playing House Hunters this weekend. Dad suddenly got a bee in his bonnet to look for a house because he likes the town they went for the weekend — Beaufort, SC, where they filmed parts of The Big Chill, Forrest Gump, The Fugitive, G.I. Jane, The Great Santini, The Legend of Bagger Vance, The Prince of Tides and a bunch of other movies. Oh, and Pat Conroy and his wife, Cassandra King, live there, too.

    But in the end, the houses that Mom and Dad could have afforded as a vacation home were too run-down, and the houses they really liked they couldn’t afford. So now they’re thinking that maybe after Dad “retire retires” — after the army and teaching — they’ll move to Beaufort so they won’t have to buy a vacation home there. They’ll be on permanent vacation with a pretty house. Oh, and maybe Pat and Cassandra will be their next-door neighbors. (They’ll be able to afford that neighborhood after Mom writes that best-seller she’s been talking about!)

  43. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:14 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Oops! Guess I didn’t end the italic correctly! And when I went to delete what was still in the box, I accidently hit “submit” instead of delete, and instead of posting a second time, a note appeared that said a duplicate submission was detected — I had already said that once. So how do we — and by “we” I mean Dawson! — keep getting the double posts?

  44. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:20 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Alias!… Here is my nom de plume or pseudonym if you wish sitting on our birdhouse this afternoon! … grunt!…This guy is just like that little dude with the pointy head, Spencer!….heh!… Did I mention that she has a very hard time capturing the real me with her camera? This is great! …chorkel!

  45. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:23 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Rio: Somehow I can’t picture you walking around with a heart that says, “Kiss Me,” in your mouth!!!

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:24 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Porch!…. Here’s me again sitting on the front porch when it was nice and warm…heh!

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:29 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Valentines!…. After Valentines day is over she said she will cut off the Kiss Me heart and use the nom de plume without it…heh!…Fine by me! Whatever takes the focus of that camera off of me is great!…snort!…Her mother gave this to her for Valentines Day. I love her mother so much right now I could howl!….gruffle!

  48. Siber-H
    7:47 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Mollypop, yes, the article that I read on the internet said they had found other hairless raccoons…they didn’t say how many. They should now know that they are not having a chupacabra infestation.
    Note to mom: I did not search this on the internet. The link was on my home page.

  49. Melanie
    7:48 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Riö: I love your “nom de plume”. He is not as cute as you, in fact, I think you should ask your friend to cut off the Kiss Me heart and put it around your neck. Or maybe you could wear it as a hat? snicker

    I wonder where Alice is . . .

  50. Siber-H
    7:54 pm on February 13th, 2011

    That is a nice Valentine’s Day gift, Rio. One like that would look good on top of my pile of stuffed animals.

  51. Debbie LM
    8:02 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Rio. Will it be added to your nice little collection of stuffed toys in your bed?

  52. Melanie
    8:05 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Unfortunately, Riö’s “nom de plume” wouldn’t last but five minutes here. I think the dogs are taking their beaver frustrations out on their toys.

  53. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:10 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Hey! Is anyone watching Food Network Challenge? The four pastry chefs competing all have to make a life-sized dog! Out of cake!!! One is doing a pointer, another a Portugese water dog, the third is a standard poodle, and the last is making a shar pei!

  54. Melanie
    8:16 pm on February 13th, 2011

    What no catsup dog?

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:38 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Debbie!… I don’t think she will be leaving my nom de plume in my care…heh!… She knows the state of my warm soft bed and this little guy is a gift to her not me…snort!…Although it’s turning out to be my new best friend…gruffle!

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:40 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Kirby!…We are watching The Godfather II so we may miss the Food Challenge….sniff!…Not sure though things could change, like channels…heh!

  57. Melanie
    8:54 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Tis time to snooze . . .

  58. Alice M. Johnson
    8:58 pm on February 13th, 2011

    HI Melanie,
    Staff and Mr.Staff just got back from a day out. They went to a bluegrass concert in Stillwater, MN which is on the St. Croix River and very touristy. They went to two antique stores and the the St. Croix Antiquarian Bookstore.
    She says she saw one nice Treadle Machine that was only 60.00 and she was able to resist it. She also got two books at the bookstore. They had 3 first English edition, mint condition, Winnie the Pooh books there. About a thousand each. She looked at them in the case. Imagine spilling coffee on those!
    I don’t know why she won’t leave the computer on for Abbie and me. Drat it.

    It was warm here too. She said Mr.Staff walked around with no coat on. We got up to almost 40 degrees. No flowers showing though because there is still almost 3 feet of snow in the yard. Except the places where we shoveled snow from the sidewalks and driveway. There is is still nearly 6 feet high.

  59. Alice M. Johnson
    9:00 pm on February 13th, 2011

    I should be precise. I didn’t do any of the snow shoveling. That is the royal ‘we’ whereby ‘we’ say the snow should be shoveled and someone else does the heavy lifting.

    heh heh heh

    Good news about ‘Who Knew’.

  60. Wolfie
    9:04 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Mom and dad are in Solvang this weekend. They took Gus Puppy but not me.
    Okay, so I hate to travel, and I like the dog sitter. But still…..

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Shoveling!….The only thing Kats are good at shoveling is BS…snort!…Especially Alice aka The BS master….grunt!

  62. Alice M. Johnson
    9:14 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Your compliments are kindly accepted dear Rio.

  63. Barb & Maggie
    9:22 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Where is Solvang? Must be California. BTW, did you guys see that the gov. out there is going to return to acting?

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:27 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Alice!… You are very welcome my dear….sniff!….Where has your co-anchor TubbyTheKat been lately?…chorkel!…There is never any new photos of you two, why is that?…grunt!…Is the FBI looking for you guys or something?….heh!

  65. B.Stover
    9:27 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Good night all.

  66. AbbietheKitty
    9:56 pm on February 13th, 2011

    The camera is being very fussy about downloading new photo’s darn it. Staff says she is going to get a new one but nothing has happened yet. Besides says she is too lazy lately to do all that work just to load a picture of us Kats

    Here is one of me pre-testing a quilt. I don’t think she has posted this one yet.

    Now it is your turn Rio….

  67. Siber-H
    10:03 pm on February 13th, 2011

    That quilt is too, Abbie

  68. AbbietheKitty
    10:15 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Thank you Mr.Husky. BTW How did your sled dog race go?

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:20 pm on February 13th, 2011

    AbbieTheKat!… I already put up two new photos of me today…heh!heh!…That’s a very weird looking quilt. I hope it isn’t finished yet…snort!

  70. Siber-H
    10:33 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Abbie, the sled dog race continues…I’m following it on the internet. Tonight the Siberian team will be traveling on the Yukon River where it could get to 60 below. Even I think that is a bit much.

  71. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:33 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Wolfie: Solvang! When Mom read that she got all jealous — she loves Solvang! A friend of hers moved to California, and she told her she had to visit Solvang — her friend loved it as much as Mom does! Now she’s sighing. Must be a neat place!

    The dog cakes turned out very life-like — well, some more than others! The winning cake was pretty astounding. And one of the judges on the show was a Westminster Dog Show judge, so he knew what he was talking about. If you get a chance to catch a rerun, at least take a look at the last 10 minutes or so, when they show the final results.

    OK, Mom says they had a tiring weekend and she’s turning the computer off. Good night, y’all!

  72. Barb & Maggie
    10:44 pm on February 13th, 2011

    We are off to bed as well. Happy dreams!

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:44 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Night! …Stover and Kirby!…snore!… Sleep tight as two bed bugs in a rug…heh!

    SiberH!… Don’t tell me those Siberians survive in 60 below with just their little footies on….grunt!….This is unbelievable. Is 60 below the temperature with the wind chill against them as they run or not?….sneeze!cough!whistle!

  74. Siber-H
    10:57 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Rio, I honestly don’t know how they do it and, yes, sometimes the wind is blowing. The Siberians can handle the cold better than the Alaskan Huskies because we have a much thicker coat. What I really don’t understand, though, is how the two-leggeds do it.

    Some of the GPS tracking systems on the sleds are starting to freeze and not transmit any data.

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:08 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Freezing!… Oh no! What if they can’t track those guys? What if they freeze to death out there and no one knows about it because their GSP is gone?….gasp!… I don’t understand this whole sport really. Just like I don’t understand why Charris lives where she does. I applaud her for being a teacher up there in the frigid region, but at some point enough is enough!…shiver!!

  76. Siber-H
    11:08 pm on February 13th, 2011

    At 60 below, I would assume that even the Siberians have to wear doggie jackets.

    Night All!

  77. Siber-H
    11:18 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Rio, these mushers have extreme wilderness survival skills and they have all sorts of survival equipment with them in the sled. If they have to stop, the dogs will burrow in and be fine.

    I’ve heard mushers say that the attraction of the sport is a long journey through the wilderness with your very best friends, the dogs. Mom says that all sounds great except the 60 below part.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:24 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Darn!…Every one is dropping off like flies…grunt!… We are left watching Michael Corleone all by ourselves…heh!…That’s okay though. Life was good today and finally maybe a dark cloud is lifting off of us at least for awhile ….sniff!

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:27 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Ahhhh!….Thanks for that SiberH!…snort!…Still, very extreme way to entertain or compete, but everyone has their dream….gruff!

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:39 pm on February 13th, 2011

    Baffling!… How they carry all the food for the guys and the musher and all the survival stuff too…snort!….That’s got to weigh plenty. I guess I really should read up on all this stuff to know how they do what they do…sniff!

  81. C. Harris
    12:35 am on February 14th, 2011

    Rio: what would I do without you sending me a call out…and nudging me to leave this frozen land. Trust me, you will be the first to know when I decide to leave. I have a friend who lives in Southern California who has never expressed interest in visiting me (even in summer!) but she says she will come up to help me pack when I decide to move.

  82. Nannie Grayer
    4:08 pm on July 13th, 2011

    Learning about driveway construction in New Jersey.

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