Sam was watching the Cardinal’s game.
Max was getting ready.
I was sitting at the kitchen table, nose in my phone, waiting for Max so we could run errands.
Bank: withdraw $60
School: complete registration for basketball camp and give them the $60
Library: pick up holds and check out new Peanuts comic book for Sam
License Bureau: pick up rule book for driver’s examination
Kolten Wong makes an amazing play at second. The announcers go crazy. Sam starts screaming. Max runs from his bedroom. I look up. Sam rewinds the tv and replays the play for us.
It was an amazing catch. The boys linger in the beauty of Wong’s catch. The tv continues to a commercial break.
I’m instantly drawn into the commercial. The announcer’s voice pulls me into his story as images flash before me.
I look over at Max.
I see his life flash before my eyes.
He turns 16 tomorrow.
My heart is a bass drum, thudding against my chest.
I blink as my eyes cloud over.
Breathe, I whisper.