The phone rings. I check caller ID before determining whether or not I will answer the call.
“Is it true Joe has a $100 Lego set?” My neighbor asks.
“Um. Well.” I stammer. “Charlie does.”
We have boys. Boys love Legos. I work from home. Boys make noise. Legos quieten boys. Legos are expensive. I will work for Legos.
We are in the process of planning a trip to Florida to witness the last Shuttle launch. Originally scheduled for June 28th, the launch has been tentatively scheduled for early July. Nothing like pinning down dates and booking reservations for a tentatively scheduled event.
This morning I called my friend in Florida, to give her a heads up of the plans, which are set firmly in sand. While we were talking, she rattled off several things we could do while visiting, including going to a water park.
“Yeah,” I said. “That costs money.”
“The boys would really enjoy it, though.” She said.
“I’m sure they would enjoy it. But, they will also enjoy the hotel pool, your pool or the beach. We don’t need to spend additional money.”
As our conversation moves to hotels and schedules, my friend goes back to the water park. “You know, I think the water park has some reduced rates during the week you plan on being here. Maybe $10?”
“Yeah, but we are cheap. We spend our money on other things like ice cream and Legos.”
I confess, “I just spent $99.99 on a Lego set.”
Again laughing, she asks, “What set did you get?”
“Alex is saving to get a Star Wars set.”
“My neighbor’s son saved his money, and he just bought a set from the City collection.”
“I can’t believe you will spend $99.99 on the Legos, but you balk on the water park.”
“My friend, the cost of silence is priceless!” I continue, “Joe and Charlie have been playing quietly and intently for the past two days, building, unbuilding and rebuilding the newest Lego set. The water park? It lasts one day. One day.”
“Unbuilding is not a word.”
“Whatever. You know what I mean.”