“What did you do today,” Maga asked.

“Not a whole lot,” I said. “Did some work, went for a walk, ate dinner.”

“Did you go into the office?”

“Oh, no. We’re not allowed.”

“You’re not?”

“Nope. Not because of the coronavirus.”

“How long have you been doing that?”

“Since Friday the 13th.”

Maga chuckled. “That’s sort of a…special… day.”

I knew what she meant, so I laughed along with her.

“In January?” Maga said.

“No. No. Just since March.”

“You know? This whole mess is starting to get to me.”

“How so?”

“I can’t see anyone. No family. No friends.”

“I know! It’s very quiet here too.”

“Good thing for the telephone.”

“A very good thing,” I agreed.

“You know, we used to talk every week.”

“Maga! We still do.”

“We do?”

“I call you every week. Faithfully. I promised.”

She didn’t sound convinced. “We’ll have to get that going again.”

“I’ll continue to call you every week.” (I can be equally as stubborn.) “Are you eating dinner right now?”

“I am.”

“Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to interrupt.”

“No, no. I’m not all that hungry anyways.”

“What’s for dinner?”

“Let’s see here. Some fried potatoes. And some fruit, some fruit, no that’s not what I mean. Some fried chicken.”

“Sounds good!”

“And there’s some dessert here, too.”

“Oooh. What is is? Cookies? Pie?”

“It’s in a plastic cup with a covering.”

“So it’s a surprise?”

“It’s fruit.”

“That’s not a very good surprise.”

“What’s that? I didn’t catch it.”

“What’s your favorite dessert?”

“Ice cream.”

“Do you have a favorite flavor?”

“Chocolate. Vanilla. I’m pretty agreeable to most anything ice cream.”

If there was any doubt we share the same genes, it’s gone with that statement.

And with that, I let her go to pursue her dream of getting someone to take her outside for a walk because it was a nice night (“blue sky and very little clouds”) and girl wanted some fresh air. I wasn’t entirely sure that was permitted in this time of the coronavirus, but I encouraged her (attempt at a) jail break nevertheless. Maybe the fresh air would help her remember that I do in fact call every week! Either that or I need to get some better material to make my calls more memorable.

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