I set my coffee on the table and sat down across from Clara.
She smiled and asked, "Have you heard the news about Eb?"
"If you mean the clutch strike he threw last night to win the game for our bowling team ... yes, I was there."
"No, I mean about his book being endorsed by the Ding Dong School."
"Ding Dong School?"
"It's a hot new website for preschoolers and ..."
"Preschoolers have a website?"
"Where have you been, Chris ... there are hundreds of them."
"You know, me, Clara ... I'm the last know anything."
"Now, that's not true ... "
"Just ask Uncle Billy ... anyway, what's this about Eb being endorsed by a website?"
"Ding Dong School ... they reviewed Bunky Takes a Nap and gave it a five handprint endorsement."
"It's the symbol they use ... you know, like movie critics often use stars ... a good movie gets four or five stars ..."
"... well, Ding Dong School uses hand prints ... and Eb's book got five."
"Wow, that sounds good."
"Good? Ding Dong is one of the premier on-line destinations for kids ... and their parents ... do you know what this could mean for Eb?"
I rubbed my chin. "I see what you mean."
"Getting an endorsement from a high-profile website like that could launch him into the stratosphere ... you could have a celebrity for a friend."
"You must be proud ... after all, you're the one who helped him realize his goal."
"I don't know about that ... but, I'm certainly happy for him."
Clara looked at her watch. "Oh, shoot ... I've got to leave."
"Leave? I just got here."
"Didn't you get my text?"
"No, I don't ..."
"Oh, that's right ... I keep forgetting ... you don't read texts ..."
"Well, it's not exactly that I don't read them ... my phone doesn't receive them ... anyway, why do you have to leave?"
"William is taking me to the ballgame this afternoon, and I have to drop off some copies of my book at the library before he picks me up."
"You're going to the game with Uncle Billy?"
Clara stood up to leave. "Hey, the Tigers are in a pennant race."