Monday, September 4, 2017

Spending Time

It's Saturday, early evening, and Parker, Ember and Erwyn are at a restaurant enjoying dinner.  They stopped to eat after having spent most of the day at the zoo.

Parker:  So, I know you had fun watching the monkeys play.  But what was your favorite animal today?
Erwyn:  I don't know.  I like them all.  Ummm.  I have to think.
Ember:  That would be hard choice for me too.  While we think, let's see if Mr. Parker has a favorite.
Parker:  I have one.  It's the giraffe.

Erwyn:  Why the giraffe?
Parker:  Because they are so tall and they walk so elegantly with their long legs, one long stride at a time.  Plus, I know they won't eat me.
Erwyn (laughing):  They want leaves.  I like giraffes.
Ember (laughing): I like giraffes too, but I think my favorite is the gorilla.  They have lots of strength, but can actually be very nice and gentle.  You have to admire that.

Parker: That's a good pick.  Ms. Erwyn, you have to stop stalling.  We've given our favorites, but we need yours.
Erwyn:  Okay.  I like theeeee lion.
Parker:  Nice pick.  Why the lion?
Erwyn:  Because he's a king and everyone knows it.  He mostly lays around doing what he wants, but no one will bother him because he's the king.  Oh! And if they try, he just gives a loud roar and warns them.  Lions are cool.

Ember:  You got that right.  They know it.
Parker:  Yep!  They are the kings alright.  So did you like going to the zoo as much as you liked when we went to the aquarium?
Erwyn:  Yeah.
Ember:  Excuse me, is that how we respond?
Parker (to Ember): It's okay.
Ember:  No, it's not.  Erwyn?
Erwyn:  Yes, I like them both.

Parker:  I'm glad.  Now, we have to figure out what we should do next.  We've been to the aquarium, the zoo, the museum of natural science.  We did all the fun stuff.  What else is fun to do?
Ember:  We haven't been to the beach this summer.  Maybe we could take a day trip there before we lose the heat.
Erwyn:  I like the beach.  We don't go a lot.
Parker:  Well, that settles it. If you ladies would like to be on a beach, we'll head there next.

Erwyn:  Yay!  Mommy, can Brenna come too?
Ember:  Sure, if Parker's okay with it.
Parker:  Of course.  We need to be sure we do all the important beach things while we're there.
Erwyn:  What are important beach things?

Parker:  They are the things you have to do when you're on a beach, like building something with the sand, looking for seashells, and basking in the sun to get a tan.
Ember (smirking):  Maybe you bask.  We rub a lot of sunblock on and only leave the shade of the umbrella when necessary.
Parker (laughing):  I think we can compromise.  

Parker:  Erwyn, thank you for spending time with me.  I like getting to know you.
Erwyn:  I like spending time with you.  You are nice and you always tell me I'm pretty.
Parker:  Well, that's because you are pretty.  So, when are we heading to the beach?
Ember:  Next weekend or the following is good for us, if that works for you.
Parker:  Next weekend works for me.  I'm visiting my father the following weekend.  I need to help him with a few things around his house, plus I just want to see him.
Ember:  That's nice.  Enjoy it.

Parker:  At some point, I think it would be nice to take you both to visit and see where I grew up.
Ember:  That would be very nice.  It's not a long drive, right?
Parker:  No, not long a little less than two hours.  It's a day trip.
Ember:  Sure.  We can set that up later.  I'd like that.
Parker:  Good.  So, Erwyn, I know we're not filling up on real food are we?  We need some room for dessert.
Erwyn:  I have room for dessert.
Parker:  So do I.

After finishing their real food, Erwyn and Parker find dessert to split.  Then they head home.

It's so nice they are all spending time together.  We totally missed out on seeing the trip to the aquarium, museum of natural science and the zoo.  Unfortunately, we'll miss out on seeing the trip the beach too (this girl doesn't do sand well).  But at least we know they're moving along.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye


  1. Cute segment. I like how Parker includes Erwyn in the entire conversation. Looks like this romance is going somewhere!

    1. Thank you, Chris. I'm glad Parker is working on developing a relationship with Erwyn too. He understands that she is part of Ember's life, so she could be part of his too.

  2. Cute story. Good to see Ember and Parker are still moving along with their relationship. It is nice that he is including Erwyn in their activities. A good chance for Ember to see how he is with kids!

    1. Thanks, Phyllis. I'm glad to see they're doing well too. Parker sure is into Ember, that includes understanding how important Erwyn is.

  3. Great way to further the story along without having to build all those sets, lol.

    1. Thank you, Muff. Sadly, I missed the opportunity to use a My Froggy Stuff zook tutorial. Maybe another time.

  4. Ditto what Mutf said! lol I was thinking, "Clever storyteller," as I was reading.

    1. Hi, Jewell. Thank you! I have to figure out how to keep people up to date and not drag on when I can't keep up.

  5. Parker and Ember are moving along very well! It is great that Erwin seem to like Parker? It makes Ember and Parker's relationship very easy. It is not good when a child does not like the parent's mate. Great storytelling!!

    1. Thank you, Georgia Girl. I think it helps that Erwyn has been around Parker before, so he's not a complete stranger to her. She seems to be an easy going kid.


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