The smile was gone. He was glad to see he was getting through. But then, she glanced quickly at the door and he knew she wasn’t worried about the kids, she was thinking about the people in the next room.
“Hmmm, interesting name,” the falafel-making lady said when Field stopped while walking the dog to buy some of her wares. Rachael was with them, and quickly came up with a spin.
“His name is F-r-e-d not F-r-a-u-d. We pronounce it like that because we’re teasing Field. See, he picked up this mid-Western accent, yup. You bethca, of course you heard that our boy was away playing hockey in the big leagues and being watched by scouts, and again, we are seeing great things, he’s gonna get some offers any day now. Golly, that’s a hard-working young man we raised, which of course, he’s never been any trouble…or in any trouble, and it’s…of course his father- that’s Tad – his father and I, we’re so proud.”