"Be good for your mom, Tommy." Tommy's dad, Mark, said before Tommy passed airport security.
Mark had recently been divorced, and his wife moved to Los Angeles, California, a long way from their home in Alucha, Florida.
"I will, dad." he replied. He gave his dad a tight hug, then heard: "Plane number 213 now boarding" over the intercom. "I love you!" he said as he went through the security as quickly as he could.
When on the plane, he took out a piece of gum and started chewing as he listened to the pilot speaking.
I've heard this before, Tommy thought.