Phone Call – K. Gillespie

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“Hello!”

“Hey, Dad, how’s it going?”

“Good, good. How are things with you?”

“They’re good. Just…working, ya know.”

“How is work?”

“Busy. But it’s going fine.”

“That’s great. How’s the new city?”

“It’s alright. It’s not as humid here, but it’s just as hot, which I hate. Traffic is terrible and no one knows how to drive here. But, I guess the scenery is nice. Don’t get these views back home.”

“Good. Sounds like you’re enjoying it. And your apartment?”

“Oh, it’s the worst, ha. I hate this place. It looked so nice from the outside and during the day. And the model unit they have is setup to look perfect. Thank god I’m only here for another six months. I’m moving out as soon as my lease is up.”

“Hah, yeah, I’m sure you’ll be fine. It sounds like work is going well.”

“Yeah, I guess so. They’ve had me on special projects my coworkers aren’t on, so that’s a good sign, I think.”

“That’s great. I’m so proud of you. I was just telling your mother the other day how proud I was of you.”

“Thanks…So what have you been up to?”

“Uh…Been golfing a lot. My back’s been bothering me, so I only hit nine instead of eighteen yesterday. I’ll go over to see your mother while she’s at work, then go to Dick’s to look at new clubs.”

“Sounds like fun.”

“Yeah, it is. Next time you’re home, I’m going to take you out to the course.”

“Yeah, that sounds great. Although I probably won’t be home until Christmas. Might be kinda cold.”

“You’re not coming home for Thanksgiving?”

“I don’t think so. It’s a long drive and a lot of money to spend when I’ll just be coming back three weeks later.”

“Yeah, that makes sense.”

“Sorry.”

“Don’t be sorry. I understand. Plus, you have to work. It sounds like it’s going really well. They like you a lot.”

“Yeah…I think they do…”

“I’m proud of you, son.”

“Thanks, Dad.”

“So you like your apartment? It’s your first one, right?”

“…No, no I had a couple different ones in college.”

“Oh, that’s right. But how do you like this one?”

“…It’s good. Small, but I like it.”

“Sounds like you’re doing well. You got a nice job, a nice apartment.”

“…Yeah. How are you doing? Everything okay?”

“Sure. Been playing a lot of golf, which has been hurting my back a bit…”

“…So you only played nine holes instead of eighteen?”

“…”

“Dad?”

“Hello!”

“Hello…Are you busy? I can call you back later.”

“No, no, not at all. I’m glad you called. It’s been a while. How are you doing? How’s the new city?”

“…It’s great. I’m really enjoying it here.”

“That’s fantastic. I hope you know how proud I am of you.”

“I know, Dad. Listen, I’ve gotta go. Just wanted to chat for a bit.”

“Sounds good, bud. Thanks for calling. Can’t wait for you to come home again. I suppose that’ll be around Thanksgiving.”

“Maybe. I’ll see what I can do.”

“Alright. I’ll talk to you later. I love you.”

“I love you, too, Dad.”

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