When we were done making the centerpieces, Dad dropped me off at the hotel, and I went to my room to grab my swimsuit and towel.
When I opened the door I was surprised to see Rex there with Jared, Sam, and Joe.
"You guys didn't go to the pool?" I asked.
"Oh, we're going," replied Rex.
Then I noticed that the four of them were all drinking beer. "Um, Rex," I said, "Where did these kids get beer from?"
"Oh, I bought it for them," he replied.
"He scored us some porn, too!" said Jared, patting his backpack and smiling.
At that I broke down laughing.
"What?" asked Rex. I continued laughing as I came in the room and sat on the bed. "What? What's so funny?" he asked.
"You're funny," I said. "Rex, I want to be annoyed with you for this, but I can't, it's just too funny."
"I don't see that it's so funny," said Rex, and he got this kind of perplexed smile on his face as if he wasn't sure how he'd managed to do something charmingly amusing by accident. The boys just looked at each other as they continued drinking their beer.
"Well, maybe it's just my perception of it," I said, going over to the bathroom where more beers were sitting in ice in the sink. "Do you mind?" I asked.
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"Help yourself," Rex replied.
I grabbed a beer and opened it and came back to sit on the bed again.
"It's just that it looks to me like you're reliving your own youth," I said. "Now that you're twenty-three years old, you come back armed with your adult ID card to cast yourself in the role of hero for your sixteen-year-old brother."
"Yep, that's me," he said, smiling. "The cool older brother I always wished I'd had. Okay, so maybe it's a little silly, but I'm still young enough to remember what I wanted when I was his age."
"Yeah, but did you have to bring Sam and Joe into this?" I asked. "You're going to get us all in trouble."
"Oh, we won't tell," said Sam.
"Good boy," said Rex. "See? There's no problem."
"It's no big deal," said Sam, "I've broken the Word of Wisdom before."
"Oh, you're not breaking the Word of Wisdom" said Rex with a smile. "Has anyone got a copy of the Doctrine & Covenants?"
"Ha ha," said Jared, "Rex's famous proof that beer isn't against the Word of Wisdom! I'll bet you've heard this one a few times, eh Lynn?"
"I don't think any of us has a copy of the D & C here," I said laughing. It was true that I'd heard this little demonstration a number of times already, and I figured that I'd probably be hearing it a few more times in my life. I couldn't decide which was more ridiculous, the fact that he was so fond of showing this proof to people or the idea that one of us might just happen to have a copy of the Doctrine & Covenants handy.
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