Every afternoon except Sunday, Bobby would fold forty-seven newspapers in thirds, slip rubber bands around them, stuff them into his saddlebags, and set off on his bike.
He tossed papers onto the driveways of all his customers, except one: Mrs. Davis. She was old and lived alone. She insisted Bobby bring the paper to her front door. She was waiting and eager to chat. Bobby was in a hurry but he always took time to listen to whatever Mrs. Davis had to say.
Mrs. Davis wasn’t a big tipper. But when she died, she left Bobby a small fortune.
“We have to catch those mice. Our company will be here tonight, for heaven’s sake!”
“I know, I know. I’ve been trying to do just that, but no such luck.”
“How could you be so careless – waiting until the last minute?!”
“Don’t blame me. After all, you could have helped too, you know.”
“I was working all night – as usual.”
“Let’s not fight. We have to work together to get this done before our friends arrive.”
“Look at this! We finally caught some mice.”
“Whew, just enough. That’s one each for Fluffy, Whiskers, Tigger, and Kitty.”
“C’mon, Dad. Come with us shopping!” Jill encouraged.
“No, thanks,” Randy responded. “I don’t need anything.”
“Oh, it’ll be fun. And today’s the biggest shopping day of the year!”
Randy sighed. He did love his family. But the thought of braving the crowds on Black Friday? Taking a nap sounded much more appealing.
But how to decline his seven-year-old’s request without disappointing her? THIS was going to be tricky. Then, Randy smiled as he had an idea.
“Sorry, Jill. I’d love to, but this year’s Thanksgiving post-food coma has knocked Daddy back. I’ll be with you in spirit. Have fun!”
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