his son in NY and says, "Benny, I have something to tell you
. However, I don't want to discuss it. I'm merely telling you
because you're my oldest child, and I thought you
ought to know. I've made up my mind, I'm divorcing Mama."
The son is shocked, and asks his father to tell him what
"I don't want to get into it. My mind is made up."
"But Dad, you
just can't decide to divorce Mama just like that after 54 years together. What
"It's too painful to talk about it. I only called
because you're my son, and I thought you
should know. I really don't want to get into it anymore than this. You
your sister and tell her. It will spare me the pain."
"But where's Mama? Can I talk to her?"
"No, I don't want you
to say anything to her about it. I haven't told her yet. Believe me it hasn't been easy. I've agonized over it for several days, and I've finally come to a decision. I have an appointment with the lawyer the day after tomorrow."
"Dad, don't do
anything rash. I'm going to take the first flight down. Promise me that you
anything until I get there."
"Well, all right, I promise. Next week is a holiday. I'll hold off seeing the lawyer until after the holiday meal. Call
your sister in NJ and break the news to her. I just can't bear to talk about it anymore."
A half hour later, Joshua receives a call
from his daughter who
tells him that she and her brother were able to get tickets and that they and the children will be arriving in Florida the day after tomorrow.
"Benny told me that you
don't want to talk about it on the telephone, but promise me that you
anything until we both get there."
Joshua promises. After hanging up from his daughter, Joshua turns to his wife and says, "You
were right! They're coming, and we don't even have to pay our half of the tickets!"