Scene: Outside Dairy Queen
Players: John, Maia, Matt and I
Lead-in: We are sitting and eating ice cream on a summer evening, the very picture of small-town domestic bliss.
John: Mom? How come your car is so messy, and everything is all over and stuff, and when we ride in Dad's truck, he tells us not to make a mess and not spill anything and to be really careful? And his truck is all nice and neat?
I turn to Matt, frowning slightly as I choose the right words. Matt gazes into my eyes and without the slightest bit of sarcasm says:
Matt: I swear I did not tell him to say that.
And I believe him.