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The following is a phone call between Eric and his mother.
Mom: Hey honey, it’s mom. How’s your week going?
Eric: Hey mom. You know phones have caller ID now, right? You don’t have to tell me who’s calling every time. And my week is busy, how’s yours?
Mom: Oh stop it. I’m not that old and out of touch, I know about caller ID. Maybe I wasn’t sure if you had my number. Anyway, why is it busy? Is your boss working you too hard?
Eric: Why would I not- Ok, sure. We just have a big deadline coming up so I’ve been working late to get it done in time. No big deal.
Mom: Working late? I don’t like that. Can you ask your boss for help? It’s not fair that you’re working so much, I worry about you. I just read an article on how stress affects-
Eric: Mom, I’m fine. I definitely can’t ask my boss to help me do my job that they pay me for. Don’t worry. I’m happy. Anyway, what’s up?
Mom: Ok, ok. I’m your mother, I’m always going to worry about you. Anyway, I wanted to know when you’re free for our family vacation. Your brother said the last weekend in August was best for him, does that work for you?
Eric: Oh, nice! Where are we going? Those dates should work for me, I just have to request my PTO days.
Mom: Great! Well, I’m not sure yet. He wanted to go Orlando, does that sound fun?
Eric: Orlando doesn’t sound fun for anyone, mom. Unless by Orlando he meant Disneyworld?
Mom: No, he was talking about just checking out the city, I think.
Eric: Yeah, I’m going to have to veto that idea because Orlando is a horrible swamp with nothing notable about it…except for the fact that his girlfriend lives out there and he hasn’t seen her since school ended. Hmmm, I wonder if that could factor into his reasoning?
Mom: Alright Mr. attitude, I see what you’re saying. No Orlando. Aw, that’s kind of cute that he misses her though. Maybe we should-
Eric: Sowhataboutsomewhere with nature? We could do Yellowstone or another national park? You always talk about wanting to see the Grand Canyon, right?
Mom: Oh, that would be nice! A friend of mine, Gail. You remember Gail, right? Her daughter went to elementary school with you. What was her name? Something pretty. Madison? I think it was Madison. Anyway, she just went to Zion National Park and she said it was absolutely beautiful. What do you think about Zion?
Eric: (After googling what state Zion is to make sure it was nowhere near Orlando). Hah. That sounds great! I’m sure Mr. Romantic will be able to handle another month without his star-crossed lover. Just let me know when you confirm the dates, and I’ll request them off.
Mom: Oh, stop teasing him. You remember how you were at that age, we couldn’t go anywhere without you calling and texting your little girlfriend all the time. Speaking of which, I saw on Facebook that Rachel is moving to Seattle? Did you know about this?
Eric: Seattle? Uh, no I didn’t. I don’t really keep in touch with her anymore. Why Seattle?
Mom: I don’t know sweetie, last time I talked to her you told me not to. Maybe if you care you should reach out to her yourself. I’m sure she’d love to hear from you…
Eric: Hah, I bet she would. I mean, no mom. I was just wondering. Thanks for not talking to my ex, please continue to do that. Anyway, I have to get going. Thanks for the call, and I’m excited for our vacation!
Mom: Ok hun, don’t work too hard. Me too. I’ll let you know what your brother says.
Eric: Or just book the trip and tell him after… it’s not like he has a job or anything that matters.
Mom: Oh, stop it. You’re so mean to him. I’ll talk to you later. I love you.
Eric: Love you too. Bye. .