Even For One Second

Whenever I order anything in a restaurant,
the response is, “Perfect.”
When I check-out at a drug store and pay with a debit card,
the response is, “Perfect.”
When I check-out at a drug store and pay with a credit card,
the response is, “Perfect.”
When I check-out anywhere and pay with cash,
the response is, “Perfect.”
Whenever I call a vendor to inquire when the company might be arriving
and offer a suggested hour when I’m asked,
the response is, “Perfect.”
Whenever I stop at the one gas station with gas-jockeys and say, “Fill ‘er up,”
the response is, “Perfect.”
If I say, “Ten gallons, please,”
the response is, “Perfect.”
If I order a happy-hour pinot grigio,
the response is, “Perfect.”
If I order a happy-hour double, well bourbon neat with ice on the side,
the response is, “Perfect.”
If I order a happy-hour single, well vodka on the rocks,
the response is, “Perfect.”
Whatever I do or say,
the response is, “Perfect.”
Why wasn’t that word in common use as a response
when my kids were growing up —
as in any parental request, instruction or advice?
“Perfect, dad.”
Do you think I would have believed them —
even for one second?

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