After mass at home the phone rang right as they entered. Lynn, their youngest sister raced to answer it in the kitchen.
“Luke it's for you!” she yelled without covering the mouthpiece.
“Must be your girlfriend,” Jean his 14 year old sister teased.
“Children stop fighting,” their mother commanded.
“Hello,” Luke answered the phone.
“Hey Luke do you want to get together and play some b'ball?” It was Dan Sylean a friend from school.
“Yeah, let me check. Mom can I go out with Dan to play some ball?” His mom was on the other side of the kitchen preparing lunch.
“You need to eat first, after that it's fine.”
Nick walked by, “No son you can't play basketball. You suck.”
“Shut up Nick,” Luke went back to the phone, “Ok I can play after I eat Dan.”
“Do you always tell your big brother to shut up?” Dan asked.
“Only when I have to. When and where do we meet?”
“2 o'clock at Schafer's, see you there.” Luke ran up to their room to change and then back down to the kitchen to eat 2 sandwiches, pickles, chips and a salad.
His dad seated at the table asked as Luke got up to leave, “You playing football in the snow?”
“Not today dad. We're playing basketball at Schafer's. We have football practice tomorrow.”