Guess Where We’re Going
An Extra Day Off
Tad Flannigan is a little boy in a big ol’ world. He likes to run around and play outside with his friends from school, he likes dogs more than he likes cats (but he still loves Fluffy!), and his favorite video game is Wii Sports, especially the baseball game. His mom likes the bowling best and they play together at least once a day; usually she beats him, but he’s getting better. One time he bowled three strikes in a row and Momma Flannigan picked him up and hugged him and spun him around and around in her arms. He loves to play games, and he’s definitely getting better at bowling.
Tad and his mom get to play video games together every day because his mom is a stay-at-home mom. Tad’s dad is a bigshot at a local warehousing company and Tad is very proud of him – not just anyone gets to be the head compounder, you know – and after he gets home from work, Poppa Flannigan likes to take his son on hikes in the woods. There’s a whole crazy trail system back there in the forest around Fricker Drive, all the trails are lined with logs like a magical garden and they always see butterflies and squirrels, and on days after it rains, there are always lil’ orange salamanders out and about. Tad’s dad used to take Tad’s older brother Jimmy along on the walks too, but after Jimmy turned thirteen, he stopped wanting to go. Jimmy stopped wanting to do a lot of stuff after he turned thirteen, especially hanging out with his little kid brother, but that’s all right. Tad understands; Tad may only be seven, but he can still understand.
One thing Jimmy still likes to do is go to the beach. Everybody likes to go to the beach, that’s one thing Tad understands perfectly well, and one day when he and his mom were playing Wii tennis together – Fluffy was playing too; every time one of them would swing, Fluffy would jump up and try to slap the remotes, but she never got them because Fluffy has a big tummy – Tad’s dad came home in an exceptionally good mood. He said he got a raise which included an extra day off each year, and since it was the beginning of the summer and a Thursday, he wanted to use it tomorrow and give himself a long weekend with his family to celebrate. With shining suns in his eyes, he excitedly told his wife, “Guess where we’re going, honey!”
Tad likes it when his parents call each other little pet names like that. Jimmy used to call Tad buddy, but he stopped doing that when he turned thirteen.
Anywho, Tad’s mom was already smiling, but her smile grew even wider. “Where are we going?”
“Darlin’, we’re goin’ to Sandy Hook!”
On their walk through the woods that day, Tad asked his dad what Sandy Hook was, and he explained how it’s a really popular beach that curves out like the shape of a pirate’s hook – that’s all well and good, but Tad was sold on the idea as soon as he heard the word beach – and since they were going on a Friday when everyone else was working, they would have the whole beach to themselves! Tad was excited, so excited that he ran ahead and his dad chased him all the way to where the trails end in the Johnson’s backyard, except the Johnsons don’t live there anymore because their oldest son got lost in the woods and never came back, so his dad picked him up and put him on his shoulders and back into the woods they went. They told Jimmy about the daytrip at dinner that night and, to Tad’s absolute glee, Jimmy smiled at the idea. Tad doesn’t get to hang out with Jimmy much anymore, but he likes it when he smiles. It always lights up the room.
Hello Commons, this has been the first subchapter of the third story from Convenient Incidents, an anthology of fifteen interconnected short stories which revolve around a man by the name of Hilter Odolf Williamson.
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