Daddy Dearest

Frannie and Lance were best friends.  They had been inseparable since second grade.  As they began to plan for classes for their senior year of high school they got together at the local Starbucks with all their paperwork to fill out.  “What are you taking for a PE class?” Frannie asked.

“I am taking the easy way out, bowling.”

“I can’t believe that is an option.  I’m thinking about modern dance.”

“You are always bopping to some kind of music, I think that is a great idea for you.”

“I just have to come up with a way to ask Mom about the fee, that won’t be easy.”

“Your mom is golden, she will get it for you.”

“I know that but it probably means more overtime for her and I hate when she has to work so much.”

“Do you want me to get you the money so you don’t have to ask her?”

“No, Lance you know I can’t take money from you.  Do you remember what happened when Mom found out about it before?  I was grounded for a week because she said we don’t take handouts.”

“I still don’t understand why helping you is so bad,”

“My Mom is a very proud person and she works damn hard to keep food on our table.  Ever since Dad left she has been so determine to make it on her own.  God knows that man wants nothing to do with us now, so she didn’t have much of a choice left.  She doesn’t want to give him the satisfaction of watching her struggle, so she is doing all she can to stay away from handouts.”

“Your Dad sounds like such a prick!”

“Yeah, he is.”

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – lance https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/03/fowc-with-fandango-lance/

Required Enrollment

Without my permission
I have been enrolled
Into the School of Hard Knocks
Most students do not enroll themselves
It is a learning institution that is not voluntary
I am taking classes for
Alcoholism, anxiety, death, divorce, depression and fibromyalgia
None of them I would have signed up for
The only one I expected at all was death
Which everyone has to face throughout life
But the others are a part of my schedule
Like it or not
I am forced to do my homework
And shaken-up with quizzes
Someday the true test will challenge me
For now I do the best I can
And know each day I learn a little bit more
Taking me closer to the end of class