Time: Few years back, on a Saturday afternoon
Place: My house
Characters: the Jock, the then-Nestling/now NinjaBaker, moi
Scene: Me at the family room computer, the Jock on the couch behind me playing online games on his laptop connected to the house wireless network, the Nestling upstairs on another computer
Me: Hey, Jock; wanna go out to dinner?
Me: Is it okay if we go really early? Like 4:30? It's the best way to beat the crowd on a Saturday.
(a few minutes later)
Me: Can you go upstairs and ask the Nestling if that plan is okay with him?
Jock: Oh, he's fine with it.
Jock: I asked him in chat. He's fine with it.
Translation: even when sitting in the same house, communication by computer is preferred, more efficient, and, I must admit, quieter.
Scene II, present day, planning a trip northwards to visit my sister, the Jockette, but not quite as far north to where the NinjaBaker is spending the summer. The plan, though, is for him to come down and join us for a nice dinner out.
As a good parent (of a good kid), I want to give him a head's up on how to be appropriately attired for the occasion. I also need to know how to pack for myself. Hence the following email exchange:
To Jockette (cc NinjaBaker):
How fancy (or not) is the restaurant for Sunday dinner? As in, what level of dressed-up-ness is required? Asking for purposes of packing. (Please "Reply All" for NB's benefit)
Pants or nice shorts, and a button-down or polo shirt or nice soccer jersey is fine. I would avoid sweats or athletic shorts.
Wonderful. Then I look at the cc line:
- NinjaBaker - good
Are they grown, with homes and families of their own, so that email is the best way to get them the information without interfering in their busy lives?
Are they college students far from home who also need packing cues?
They are 12 and 15, and live at home with her and their father (who are married; to each other; for 19 years next month.) Okay, so it's a big house. But srsly.