Thursday, September 6th 2018
AT RISE: The Oberhauser Four are eating extra peacefully tonight. Even Mom is not talking, and is just enjoying the sights and sounds of Flamly Eating-In-Peace.
[Dishes gently tinkle along with the occasional slurping of clam chowder.]
Gavin: I have a question.
Mom: What is it honey?
Gavin: Well you know how sometimes, if you do something really special and everything, they give you a “Key to the City?” And it’s really big?
Mom: Mm-hmm. What about it honey?
Gavin: Well, does it actually unlock anything? Or…?
Mom [assuming a misty-eyed air of facetious wisdom]: Well, only the heart of your dreams, the potential of your future… and the pride of your parents. [Looks at him gravely, tries not to laugh.]
Gavin: Oh. [Goes back to eating.]
Mom: [Looks over at Dad with a look of shock that her B.S. answer worked. Shrugs, goes back to eating.]
Note: Later the kids start doing hand signals to each other, in a secret code only they understand. Mom still has no idea what they were talking about.