Mom was shopping for jeans for Tom. He thought his holey ones were fine; she disagreed.
Jen thought see-through blouses would be perfect Christmas attire. Mom disagreed.
Michael tipped his juice on the floor and smiled. Mom sighed again.
Sometime around then Jen realized Mom was doing a lot of disagreeing. But they stood in line for Santa discussing gifts. “Wouldn’t it be cool...?” “If only…” “Please…” with Mom still tired and sad.
“I wish our Dad could come home for Christmas,” said Tom and Jen together. Michael said “Da.” And Mom? She most heartily agreed.
Then her cell-phone rang.