All's Right with the World
“Mom! I’m home!” I shouted so loud that she could hear me anywhere in the house. “Mom!” I ran into the kitchen where I thought she’d be working on dinner. She wasn’t. I yelled down the stairs to Dad’s man cave. “Dad? Is Mom down there?” No answer. It’s funny how they’re always around until you need them. I looked in the family room. Empty. I ran upstairs to my parents’ room. “Mom?” Nothing. There was no one home, not even my brothers. Wow! The biggest day of my entire life, and there’s no one around to share it with. But my phone was in my pocket and I pulled it out and headed to my room.
“Meg! Guess what! Charlie asked me to be his girlfriend!” I heard shrieking on the other end.
“Lu, that’s so awesome. You are sooo lucky!”
“Well, I have to ask my parents first, but yeah, I’m feeling lucky! And would you believe that there’s nobody home to tell?”
“Omigosh, Lu! Have you called Alli yet?”
“No, not yet. I’ll call her after I get through talking to you. I’m so excited that I can’t sit still! I’m just walking around my room. My heart is pounding so hard! Please, please, please let them say ‘yes,’” I prayed out loud. I wanted to jump up and down and squeal and laugh, all at the same time. “I better call Alli. I don’t want to make her mad at me for not telling her immediately.”
“Lu, I’m just so happy for you! Go call Alli. I’ll see you tomorrow.” We hung up, and I’m positive both of us were still smiling.
“Alli? It’s me. Guess what! Charlie asked me to go out with him!” I had to hold the phone away from my ear, she screamed so loudly.
“Lu! That is so awesome. Wait. ‘Go out with him’ like a date, or ‘go out with him’ like a girlfriend.
“Like a girlfriend, you goof! I’m not old enough to date yet!”
“I can’t believe it. And he’s so cute!”
“He’s been so great this whole week when everything was happening,” I gushed.
“Have you told Meg?” she asked.
“Yes. I called her first. I hope you don’t mind. She just came to my mind first.”
“I don’t mind. We’re all friends and it’s all good.” I could hear her smiling on her end.
“Hate to run, but I’ve gotta ask my Mom and Dad if it’s okay. See ya tomorrow!”
“Bye, Lu … good luck!”
The time is now. I have to find Mom and Dad to ask permission to have a boyfriend. I have to. I could just do it and suffer the consequences, but I don’t think that’s what I want to do. I want to be able to share stuff with my mom (not necessarily my dad). They...