A vibration in my pocket makes me check my phone to see who is calling. Ah yes, it’s Sunday. Dad always calls on Sunday. “Hey Dad! What’s up?”
“What’s up, Guy? How’s it going?” My dad remarks with a chuckle in his voice. I don’t know where my dad picked the nickname ‘guy’, but he uses it on all of his children.
Sunday phone calls are more important to my dad than watching the White Sox play. He calls all five of children on Sunday to check in with us and see how we are doing. This is how he shows his love. Most time these conversations only last a minute or two. Sometimes, depending if he puts mom on the line, they can last an hour or two.
“Nothing much on this end, just spending my Sunday catching up on grading papers,” I manage to huff out, overwhelmed by the surrounding pile of papers to grade. “So what did I miss this last week? Any news to report from good old Beverly.”
“Well it snowed on Tuesday, so I stayed in and made a fire. On Wednesday, I went over to Bernie the Rat’s house and played cards with the fellas. Then on Wednesday, Michelle and Joe had your ma’ and I over for dinner,” Dad blabbered, sounding satisfied with his decision of the week.
“Take it easy over there, Old Man! It sounds like retired life is really taking a number on you,” I sarcastically commented back. Through the phone, I heard my dad snickering until he coughed. Little comments like this made him laugh the most.
“Well have you talked to your sister yet, guy?” My dad’s tone changed.
“Which one? Autumn or Michelle? What did she do know” I questioned, unsure of who he could be talking about.
“Your sister, Michelle!”
“No, I haven’t. What’s up?” I question my dad. This is his gossip tone.
“Well get ready to have a niece or another nephew, because Michelle and Joe are pregnant!” My dad excitedly exclaims.
“I am sorry what?! When did she find out!” I blurt out. The thought of Michelle having a baby girl fills my mind and I start to tune out my dad.
An Invitation: Today, I used the strategy of using dialogue to enhance my narrative. This is a strategy that many writers use to replay what characters have said. Notice how I picked stronger words than ‘said’ as my tagline while also including more description the interaction with my dad. I invite you to write a dialogue between you and another person. You can choose to add more people to your dialogue, just remember to enter a new space when a new person begins speaking.