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September 1, 2008

TWO MONTHS LATER

“What do you mean Father Flannigan isn’t performing the ceremony?” said Mrs. Thompson on the phone.

“Who is your mother talking to?” asked Rick.

“Deacon Smith,” replied Amanda. “We may have to find another minister for the wedding.”

“Excommunicated?!” exclaimed Mrs. Thompson. “All of us? My daughter is the whore not me.”

“MOTHER!!”

“Sorry dear,” she said to Amanda. “Old habits die hard.”

“I’d better call Dr. Melvin Frank,” said Mr. Thompson.

“Mom’s therapist? Good idea,” said Amanda.

“Now look,” said Mrs. Thompson in the phone, “do you realize how much money we put in the collection?”