Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Future Drama

A Kansas boy forgot where he left his shoes last week, but remembers things his dad said prior to the boy’s birth in 1999.

Brandon Johnson is holding his dad to a comment he made in February of 1996, more than three years before Brandon was born.

“It was a Thursday,” Brandon recalls. “He was wearing that blue T-shirt. Dad said some day when he had kids he would take them to Disneyland. I remember like it was yesterday.”

When pressed about the whereabouts of his shoes, the boy defended his forgetfulness. “I have a lot going on right now, you know. We’re doing double-digit addition at school and my brain is all gooey. It’s full. How can I remember where I put stuff?”

Brandon’s father doesn’t remember saying anything about Disneyland. “I was wearing a blue shirt? I might have said it. I’m not saying I did, but I’m not saying I didn’t, either. Go ask his mother.”

The boy’s dad remembered something important. “I definitely didn’t have children. Does it matter that I wasn’t even married then?”

It doesn’t matter, according to Brandon. The forgotten promise doesn’t end with trips to California. The boy excitedly relates a comment his dad made under the monkey bars in third grade. “He said he’ll let his kids eat ice cream every night for dinner!”

That was an idea that his father liked. “Ice cream, huh? I probably did say that. It makes sense. I should write this stuff down.”

“Can I go now? I have to go buy some shoes for my son.”

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