When we got to Rex's parents' house, the three boys immediately rushed upstairs to put their backpacks in Jared's room. Rex's mother met us in the entryway and took my jacket. "Hello, Lynn," she said, "It's nice to see you again." Then she yelled up the staircase, "You boys come back down here. What is the meaning of rushing off like that without even saying hello? So anxious to get to your video games that you can't even be polite to an old lady?"
The boys came back downstairs. "Sorry Mom," said Jared. "These are some guys I know from school, Sam and Joe."
"We ran into them because Sam is my sister's fiance's little brother, and Joe is his cousin," I said.
"Small world," said Rex's mom. "Does that mean you knew Lynn's sister's fiance from school, Rex?"
"Um, I didn't know him that well since he wasn't in my grade, but I knew his two sisters. They were in the same grade as me, and they were in that play with me and Jill."
"That's nice," she said. "Well, supper's almost ready, you can go in the other room and set the table."
After this exchange, Jared noticed that he hadn't bothered to take off his jacket yet, so he took it of and laid it down on the table in the formal dining room.
We went into the kitchen and saw the humongous pot of chili bubbling on the stove and the corn bread in the oven. It smelled pretty good.
Rex got a stack of plates and bowls out of the cupboard and handed them to me. I started putting them around the long kitchen table. The table had benches along the sides instead of individual chairs in order to make it easier to fit as many people as possible. Even so, it would be quite a squeeze with nine people at the table.
When the table was set, Rex's mom told Jared to go call his father and sisters for dinner. Jared did as he was told.
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