“Mommy, Thanks for the Food Money….”
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Ebb and Flow.
According to Dane Cook’s character in Employee of the Month, the Universe has a plan. Okay, so the movie wasn’t big on profound snippets, but it had a few, the best being his grandmother’s advice on kissing the girl. The movie was quite predictable but fun nevertheless, and of course, Dane Cook is easy on the eyes and has that physique I like. But then, I guess it was part of the Universe’s plan that I saw it tonight instead of last night.
Last night, I’d finally gotten a chance to take a break and catch the late showing while the girls had the weekend with their dad, but I didn’t. I had the feeling last night that there was some reason I wasn’t supposed to see it then.
So today, I stuck to my agenda until almost dark and decided to take a break for something light, fun, and well- deserved. I headed to the Destin Commons, bought a ticket for Employee of the Month, and ran into both my daughters, Shannon’s boyfriend, and Aislinn’s friend. They were a bit on the frantic side. And very hungry.
As it turns out, my ex had dropped them there a few hours before, had bought them movie tickets and gave them enough cash for burgers and shakes. Except that he drove off with the tickets and instructions to call him when the movie was over.
They had frantically dialed his cell phone while they watched him drive away in the parking lot. They tried again and again as his car left the lot and drove farther and farther away. After an hour, they realized he wasn’t coming back and the show might be sold out, so they spent their food money on a second set of tickets.
Fortunately, Shannon had eaten cereal before leaving her dad’s for the evening, since she gets very shaky with- out food. Her boyfriend hadn’t eaten. Aislinn and her friend were…well, I think glum is the best word. She had enough change on her for a snack, or either her friend bought it—but the theatre manager took it away before I knew about it.
I gave Shannon some food money and made sure her boyfriend got something and didn’t get it taken away by the theatre manager, then saw the movie with the four teens and shared my snacks with them.
“Mommy,” Shannon said, “thanks for the money for food.”
So I guess the Universe did have a plan. And my ex probably has around 42 missed calls on his cell phone.