dad’s birthday…

whatd’ya get the old man…did’ya get ’em a card…gift certificates to McDonald’s…nothin’…

nothin’…

he’s 77 for christ’s sakes…nothin’…

no…

he likes that one steakhouse place…the one with the horns…

yea…

huh…nothin’…

that’s right…nothin’…

then again…that other joint you can throw the peanut shells right on the floor…

yea…

he likes that place too…

does it matter…

what place…

yea…what place…what birthday…what year…does it matter…

it’s dad’s birthday…there’s a respect here…

respect…

yes…this calls for attention…

i see…

mom was big on birthdays…

that so…

yes…you weren’t around but she made sure we all went somewhere to celebrate…like that Mexican place where they give you a free meal…

i see…

you wouldn’t know though….you were off galavantin’ ’round the country like some hopeless troubador lookin’ for a love to sing to…

uhhuh…

what were you doin’ out there…

nothin’…

musta’ been somethin’…no…you get dad somethin’ for his birthday…it’s what should be done…the right thing…

right…

but when did you ever do the right thing…

i guess never…not even as a kid…

not that i can recall…got everybody worried ’bout’cha…some kind of vagabond…

don’t worry about it…

no…

no…he won’t remember it anyways….

what’re you gonna do when he’s gone…

haven’t thought about it…

you didn’t even come to momma’s funeral…

couldn’t afford to get back home…

ya never should’ve left to begin with…

had to…

huh…don’t see me runnin’ ’round the world half-cocked…that’s your problem…you got no roots…never settled…that’s what happens to people like you…

how’s that…

you just…you just…make people’s lives miserable…mom worried about you…you know that…

nope…i don’t know that…never entered my mind…

well she did…i never thought twice about’cha…but mom sure did…

that’s what this is about…she’s gone…that’s done…finished…

yea…finished…huh…and dad…

he’s finished too…

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