“The kids would have loved these guys,” she said to her husband, drawing his attention to the two gorillas sunning in their habitat. He walked up and snapped a shot with his Ansco Color Clipper.
“So would your father!” he added.
She gave him a nasty look. “That’s not funny.”
“Comparing mother to a gorilla. It’s not funny.” She frowned but he smiled.
“I wasn’t, I just thought he’d enjoy them,” he replied with a sinister smile.
“Mother is not a gorilla.”
“Of course not, dear,” he said, pulling her toward him and holding her.
She pouted a bit and stepped out of his embrace.
“It says here,” he read to her from the placard in a lame attempt to change the subject, “Gorillas are the largest and most powerful of the manlike apes.”
“Are you going to say something about my mother’s size and power?”
“Of course not, dear. I adore your mother.” She crossed her arms and continued to look away from him and in the direction of the animals. He pulled out a list.
“So, do we continue from here to the campgrounds like your folks did? I know you want to keep with their itinerary. Says we go from here to camping near Disney World. I packed the tent…”
He walked up behind her and put his arms under hers, squeezing a bit until she giggled. He took that as a sign of forgiveness.
“Sure. First let’s stop by the souvenir shop. I want to find a post card to send the kids.”
“Deal. Lead the way, beautiful,” he said as he offered his arm.
I ran accross an old postcard once in an antique shop, it was a photo of the Grand Canyon with a classic car parked at the top of one of the overlooks. The handwritten note on the back was so simple, yet said so much, “We couldn’t be happier, no idea if we will ever return.”
Beautiful! Wish I had that one! Imagine the story behind it…