Mrs and Mr. Bumpers, aka Mom and Dad

mom in the car “Don’t worry, Charlie,” my mom said as she turned into the mall parking lot. “When you get to know her, things will be fine. I think you’re lucky to have her. After all, she was Teacher of the Year.”

Mom doesn’t understand. I love her, but there’s a lot she doesn’t understand.

Like why black shoes are better than white shoes, why sometimes “stupid” is the only word that fits, why my older brother Matt is a bozo.

dad“Mrs. Burke has a million rules.”

“Wow,” said Dad. “That’s a lot of rules! Does she write them all up on the board, or do you have to memorize them?”

Sometimes when my dad’s being funny, it isn’t funny.

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