Hi, it’s me! Pick up the phone, please!
Hi, Mom! How are you?
I’m good, how are you?
I’m OK. I have some exciting news for you.
Oh, OK! What?
We finally used the sled!
Yeah, the sled. You know — the Centennial Edition Flexible Flyer you once gave me.
I gave you a sled?
Yeah, don’t you remember? It was a really big deal. You used to keep asking me whether I had used it yet.
Ohh, yeah, I remember. That was a long time ago!
Yeah! Twenty years. You sent me that sled in Pittsburgh.
Twenty years you didn’t use the sled?
What can I say? We tried a few times but this was the first real opportunity we had.
I can’t believe that in twenty years you never had a chance to use the sled.
Well, keep in mind where I’ve been living for seventeen of those years. We got one millimeter of snow one day in seventeen years, and no one could believe it.
So where did you use it?
We took the kids to Tahoe. I wish you could have seen them. They loved the snow, and the sled works great! In fact it works a little too well — it goes fast, and it was a little scary!
For you, or for the boys?
Oh for me, definitely. The kids were fearless.
I can’t picture you scared on a sled.
Of course you can’t. The last time you saw me on a sled I was a fearless kid, like Jonah and Archer. It takes a grownup to be scared. Anyway, it was only scary until I figured out how well it steers, and how soft the snow is when you wipe out. It was hilarious — Archer was riding with me and we wiped out together, a couple of times, and each time he got out from under me and stood up and said, “Awesome!”
“Centennial Edition Flexible Flyer” — that must be worth something by now.
Yeah, probably. That’s part of the reason we’ve schlepped it around for twenty years.
If you keep it in good condition, maybe you can sell it for some nice bucks when the boys grow up.
Pshaw. I don’t want to worry about keeping it in good condition, I want to use it. It can’t possibly be worth more than the fun we have using it!
That’s the right attitude. I want to see pictures.