David Emami rarely saw his daughter, Becky, because she was a single mom that seemed to always be working. However, when she called and asked him to take his granddaughter, Laura, to the zoo, David said yes.
David hated the zoo because it was full of crowds and children, but he felt an obligation to help his daughter out. He barely knew Laura, who was now four years old, and thought that it would be a good opportunity to spend some time with her.
David picked Laura up, and with the help of Becky, got the car seat installed into his vehicle with only a little bit of work. Laura chatted the whole time, which was cute at first, but after getting caught in traffic for nearly an hour, it was just annoying.
After the polar bear fiasco, David and Laura went to the monkey exhibit. While everyone was enjoying the exhibit, David ruined the situation by saying, “Look at those poor monkeys. They must be so depressed. I bet they’re even suicidal!”
This caused several parents to glare at David, who was completely oblivious as to why they were upset in the first place. He was simply stating the facts; if they didn’t like it, then that was their problem.
David had had enough of the zoo and was ready to end his play date with Laura.
David was certain that the day had been a bust and figured his daughter wouldn’t ever let Laura ever spend the day with him again after hearing about her day.
To his surprise, as they were once again stuck in traffic, Laura, almost asleep in her carseat said, “Today was a good day.”
David Emami is Alone in Portland is a collection of stories that peer into the life of a middle-aged curmudgeon with a fondness for cats and antiques.
Playfully illustrated with Bitmoji characters, his story comes to life as each day brings a new adventure.
He was obsessive compulsive and mad about antiques. The apartment was covered, top to bottom, in decor that would be more aligned with that of an old woman that peaked in the 1960s. david-emami-takes-on-portland.html
© 2017 DavidEmami.com