Don’t leave a good time to chance. Experiences have to be woven with care and planning, like a tapestry. ~ Jim Rohn
The most frequent question I get at events?
How’s your dad?
Dad is a book-selling machine. I can no longer accuse him of having a recliner-tail or waiting to die. He gets up every day and accosts, I mean, persuades more people to buy my books….especially the Dad Book, his preferred name for Not Without My Father.
His only problem? He can’t take credit cards.
But I had a plan. I called Mom to prepare her.
“I ordered Dad a Square credit card reader.”
“A credit card thing he can attach to a smartphone.”
Dad lumbered into view, his pajama top splayed open. “What’s a smartphone, huh?”
“See what I mean, Andra? Your daddy is hopeless with technology.”
I eyed Mom, a woman-of-a-certain-age who prides herself on her FaceTime savvy, her understanding of apps, and her hip usage of Emoji.
“Does your smartphone have BlueTooth?”
(See, I didn’t even have to explain what BlueTooth is!)
“You can use the Square.”
“But I’m not with him when he’s selling.”
“Here’s your excuse to spend more quality time together.”
“Do you want us to stay married?”
I chewed my lip and relived every Mom-helping-Dad argument they ever had when I was growing up.
“I’m trying to get it in the hole, Linda. You’re not holding it in the right spot.”
“I put it right where you told me to.”
“No, I said here.” Dad grunted and strained. “Golly Molly, Linda. You still can’t get it right.”
“Fine. You hold your own flashlight and try to drill holes at the same time.”
I rubbed my hands over my face and sighed. I wanted to help Dad close more sales, but not at the expense of our fragile family sanity.
What could I do?
I decided to make this a good experience. I’m smart. I could divine a foolproof plan, right?
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