â€œMommy, Thanks for the Food Money….â€
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Ebb and Flow.
According to Dane Cookâ€™s character in Employee of the Month, the Universe has a plan. Okay, so the movie wasnâ€™t big on profound Â snippets, but it had a few, the best being his grandmotherâ€™s Â advice on Â 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 Universeâ€™s plan that I saw it tonight instead of last night.
Last night, Iâ€™d finally gotten a chance to take a break and catch the late showing while the girls had the week- end with their Â dad, but I Â didnâ€™t. Â I had the feeling Â last night that there was some reason I wasnâ€™t Â supposed Â 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 Â to the Â Destin Commons, bought Â a ticket Â for Â EmployeeÂ of the Month, and Â ran Â into Â both Â my daughters, Â Shannonâ€™sÂ Â boyfriend,Â Â and Â Aislinnâ€™s Â 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, Â had bought them movie tickets and gave them enough cash for burgers and shakes. Except that he drove off with theÂ tickets and instructions Â to Â call him when the movie was over.
They had frantically dialed his cell phone while they watched him Â drive Â away Â in the parking lot. They Â tried again and again as his car left Â the lot and drove farther and farther away. After an hour, they realized he Â wasnâ€™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 dadâ€™s for the evening, since she gets very shaky with- out food. Â Her Â boyfriend Â hadnâ€™t Â eaten. Â Aislinn Â 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 itâ€”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 didnâ€™t get it taken away by the theatre manager, Â then saw Â the movie with the four teens and shared my snacks with them.
â€œMommy,â€ Shannon said, â€œthanks for the money for food.â€
So I guess the Universe Â did have a plan. And my ex probably has around 42 missed calls on his cell phone.