"Hey Dad," I yelled to him as I got out of the car.
"Joel ... this is your daughter Alissa on the phone."
"Tell her hello."
"Here ... talk to her." He hands me the phone as he steadies himself on his walker.
To Alissa ... "Hi honey."
"Hi Dad ... "
"Grampy called you?"
"Yes ... I'm not sure I understood what he was saying (hmmm how unusual). It was something about his penis."
"Oh great ... I'll explain later."
I hung up and caught him as he tried to back into the front seat. I helped him buckle his seat belt. He's never been able to do that ... know anyone that never knew how to put on a seat belt?
"Dad .... where's your friend that you invited to go to breakfast with us?"
"Oh her ... she's a pain in the ass. She invites herself to everything so I just told her she couldn't go."
"But you invited her ... I thought."
"I did ... but I changed my mind." He thought about it. "Listen, if she should ask you ... I told her you told me she couldn't go. I made up something like ... her family would have to accompany her and you told me we couldn't do it."
Now at this point in a bizarre conversation like this ... you might ask a normal person what his thought process was. I just simply said ... "Okay."
Sammy was pretty chatty on the way to breakfast. He asked me about old pictures, girlfriends, my ex wife. This was a continuation of a previous conversation that made Debbie (and me ) uncomfortable ... which mattered not to him.
"So ... do you think you could call Carol for me and ask her to come see me?"
"Dad ... I told you before ... I haven't seen her for over 30 years."
"Yeah? So what ... she was always good to me and I want to see her."
"Dad ... Debbie's sitting right behind you and I think ..."
"Debbie? Do you know Carol?"
"That's not what I meant ..."
"By the way, Joel ... did you have a car in high school?"
Switching gears ... "Um ...no"
"Wayne did huh?"
"I don't know ... I was out of high school when Wayne started."
"Fortier ... right?"
"Yes ... why are you asking that."
"Just interested that's all ... is that okay with you?"
"Yep ... hey how about calling some of Wayne's ex wives and former girlfriends."
"I know them ... I might ... I also know somebody who went out with lesbians."
"Oh my God (actually he was right in that one of my former girlfriends started dated women after we dated ... what does THAT say about me?) ... the things you DO remember."
We got to Waffle House and Sam told us he has lost his appetite ... so he only ordered a waffle, bacon, two eggs, biscuits and coffee. Pretty big spread for someone without any teeth.
Just another typical Sunday morning.
When I stopped by her table to say hi to Mark and her ... she whispered to me that she was disappointed that she had a croissant and the rest of the table had buns. "Did you have the buns at your table too?"
I looked at her plate ... "Keli. Did you get the croissant from the table?"
"Yeah ... right over here." There was one other croissant sitting in front of her.
"Don't eat it. It's the table decoration. The buns are in the basket over there."
"Oh ... no ... DON'T tell Mark ... he'll make fun of me forever."
Hey Mark .... are you reading this?