After their delicious soup which was as good as advertised from the tantalizing smells earlier, Spencer played with Sarah in the tub while Kate cleaned up the dishes. Spencer squirted bath toys, stirred up the water to make more bubbles, and dumped water over Sarah’s head, much to her delight. “More! More!” she squealed.
Spencer hadn’t seen or talked to Kate since their big Wednesday dinner. He was a little concerned, but didn’t know if he should call her or not. Considering Sarah was involved, maybe he should. He knew Kate wouldn’t do anything dangerous, he believed that was in the past and dealt with, but he didn’t know if they were eating right or taking care of themselves as well as they should.
Spencer called Kate that afternoon. His curiosity was getting the better of him. His call went to voice mail, but that was no big deal.
“Kate, honey, the news is on. Kate,” Spencer whispered. He stretched on the bed behind her, wincing at the squeak his movement made. He gently rubbed her shoulder, trying to rouse her. “What?” she asked, turning over.
“The news is on, do you want to watch?”
She nodded and got up and stretched out her arms. “Did everybody go home?” she whispered.
Spencer said a blessing over the food, then it was mild chaos passing the dishes around.
“Hey, is that Cookie Monster on your bib?” Andrew asked Sarah.
Sarah shook her head, too afraid to speak. “Oh, I know who it is. It’s Oscar the Grouch.”
Again Sarah shook her head. “Elmo,” she whispered.
“Oh, that’s right. Elmo. I think he’s pretty cool.” He gave her a wink.
Sarah nodded, then looked at her mom and asked, “We eat now?”