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Chetspeak on Sunday: Father’s Day Special

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June 21st, 2015 Posted 8:49 am

Soon Charlie was waving at us, and then a bunch of kids were crowding around him, all of them waving their little hands. Bernie beeped the horn – beep beep beep. I did this high-pitched thing I can do, not a howl, really, more like a faraway train whistle, or maybe not that far away. The fun we were having! But then the bus pulled over, stopped by the side of the road. We stopped behind it. A gray-haired woman in a baseball cap appeared at the back of the bus, sunlight glaring off the lenses of her glasses. Her lips moved and all the kids except Charlie instantly disappeared from view. Charlie whipped around and faced front. The woman – had to be the driver, right? I was catching on fast – gave us a look, the corners of her mouth pointing straight down, and then strode back to the front of the bus.

We followed at a distance, Bernie and I at our very quietest, heads down. You wouldn’t have noticed us. Soon the bus turned onto a street I knew and stopped in front of a house I knew, too, namely Leda’s. Charlie got out and the bus drove away. Bernie hopped – yes! – hopped out of the Porsche and ran over to Charlie. He scooped him right up – kind of scooping me up in the process, at least momentarily, since I’d reached Charlie first, as I’m sure you’ve figured out already. Next came hugging and kissing and laughing, and during all that I happened to glance over at the house, not just Leda’s, of course, but Malcolm’s as well and Charlie’s most of the time – and there was Malcolm watching from an upstairs window, his long narrow face reminding me of the bus driver on account of the downturned corners of his lips.

“Dad! Ms. Peoples is so mad at you!”

“The bus driver?”

“She didn’t even believe you were my dad!”

“Oh?”

“Cause dads are more mature.”

– from SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY (coming Bastille Day).

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Happy Father’s Day

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June 16th, 2013 Posted 9:21 am

Not long after, we were on our way out of the fairgrounds, Charlie riding shotgun, me on the shelf, but handling it well.

“Me and Mindy were looking at mug shots,” Charlie said.

“See anyone you know?”

Charlie laughed. Laughter: that’s the best human sound, and kid laughter is the best of the best. Then Charlie stopped laughing and his face got serious. The serious look on a kid’s face is always interesting.

“There sure are lots of bad guys, Dad,” he said. “How come?”

Bernie glanced over at Charlie. “No one really knows,” he said, “but I can tell you what I think.”

“Okay.”

“It’s about conscience.” Oops. I was lost already. “You know – a sense of right and wrong.” Oh, that. “Everyone starts out with one but the more you override it, the weaker it gets. Remember when the threads got stripped on the thing that attaches the propane tank to the barbecue?”

“Dad?”

“Yeah?”

“I’m hungry.”

from To Fetch A Thief.

Welcome perp catcher, Ziva.

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Happy Father’s Day!

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June 17th, 2012 Posted 8:03 am

Not long after, we were on our way out of the fairgrounds, Charlie riding shotgun, me on the shelf, but handling it well.

“Me and Mindy were looking at mug shots,” Charlie said.

“See anyone you know?”

Charlie laughed. Laughter: that’s the best human sound, and kid laughter is the best of the best. Then Charlie stopped laughing and his face got serious. The serious look on a kid’s face is always interesting.

“There sure are lots of bad guys, Dad,” he said. “How come?”

Bernie glanced over at Charlie. “No one really knows,” he said, “but I can tell you what I think.”

“Okay.”

It’s about conscience.” Oops. I was lost already. “You know – a sense of right and wrong.” Oh, that. “Everyone starts out with one but the more you override it, the weaker it gets. Remember when the threads got stripped on the thing that attaches the propane tank to the barbecue?”

“Dad?”

“Yeah?”

“I’m hungry.”

So was I, had felt a hunger pang the moment Bernie mentioned the barbecue.

“We’ll pick up something on the way home.”

– from To Fetch A Thief.

Welcome dude with cool collar, Quito (off to a good start), Danali, Cooper.

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