128 Words

Promise to Tell Me

M. Stanley Bubien

"Dad, I have a question," I asked as my wife departed, clearing the dinner she'd prepared. Chicken cacciatore, his---and my---favorite, a meal which was a sort of breaking-in of her new kitchen.

"Shoot," Dad prompted, sipping his wine.

My wife reentered abruptly. To distract her from our conversation, as she reached for more dishes from the dining room table, I kissed her hand. She smiled, and when she was gone, I continued, "Before I ask, Dad, you have to promise to tell me."

"Tell you? What'd you mean?"

I shook my head. "Just promise. Okay. Promise to tell me."

Resting hands near the crystal, he shrugged, but nodded.

"I've been wondering for a while..." I wiped my mouth. "Dad," I sighed. "Are you proud of me?"

Copyright ©1999 M. Stanley Bubien. All Rights Reserved.

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March, 1999
Issue #35

128 Words