It's not every day that a kid around here has a dad who goes to France for a week.
So...I thought that perhaps Hick could bring something back for The Pony. Some souvenir. Even if it was an embroidered beret with The Pony's name on it so girls could make fun of him like Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon's European Vacation. Or maybe some coins. A black-and-white-striped mime shirt.
My own father used to travel for work. To various training sessions with Bell Telephone. Maybe you've heard of them. They were only the biggest phone company monopoly ever. So they had to be split up like a clique of trouble-making junior high pupils. Anyhoo...no matter where my father traveled, which was usually still in-state, he brought back something for me and my sister the future ex-mayor's wife. I remember one such trip he made to Mexico (MISSOURI!), when he brought us each a plastic doll dressed with a crocheted sweater and hat that could sprinkle baby powder out of holes in the top of its head! Uh huh. Li'l Val was lovin' her some plastic baby doll powder dispenser! Mine was a little boy doll, dressed in purple-and-white, with a crocheted baseball cap to cover his powder holes. Sis's was a little girl doll, dressed in green-and-white, a southern belle with a floppy hat to cover her powder holes. But that's neither here nor there. Just pointing out that other daddies bring stuff to their kids when they return from business trips.
Perhaps I should have sent Hick a text elaborating on what form a proper souvenir might take. Here is what he brought The Pony from France.
Yes. That's two giant Toblerones. Forgive me, because I am ignorant in geography, and most definitely not a world traveler. But I do not think that Toblerone is a product of France. Just sayin'. I'm thinking that Hick most likely picked them up at the airport. Maybe in the duty-free shop! Or...more likely...Hick stopped at Walmart on the way home from the airport Saturday night for some Toblerones, because he forgot to bring anything for The Pony.
I don't know why I'm so concerned about The Pony getting what might or might not be chocolate bars that flew across the ocean.
I got absolutely nothing.