Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Condolence Call

A nice box of Vicktor Benes makes a condolence call go better.

When you've known people a very long time, going on 40 years, you can find humor in anything, even while paying a condolence call.
"How're you doing?" I ask the widow.
"I'm okay," she says. Then, this. "You look much prettier in person than you do in your Facebook photo."
"Oh. Um, thank you?"
"You do."
"You're shrinking."
"Have you been talking to my sons?"
"I don't need to talk to them to know you're shrinking."
"I used to be a lot taller."
"Me, too."

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