“Have you talked to your mother lately?” I asked Michael this morning.
“I called her yesterday.”
“And did you talk to her?”
“No, she wasn’t home.”
“Did you leave a message?”
“Oh my God!” Michael said. “Someone please help me.”
“If you’d just give me a detailed answer the first time, I wouldn’t have to ask you any more questions,” I explained. “Like you could have just said, ‘I called my mother yesterday and she wasn’t home, so I left a message.'”
“Why does it matter if I left a message?” he asked.
“Because I want to know if she gets to hear your voice when she comes home, or if she’ll just have no idea that you called. I’m naturally curious.”
“A pain-in-the-ass. That’s what you naturally are,” he said with a smile.