As we pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant where Aisling works, the woman deejay said, "And coming up after the break, we'll have some advice for Alyssa, who was wondering if she should break up with her boyfriend before he goes to jail."
I snorted. "What's the number of this radio station. I've got some advice for that girl."
"I don't know what the number is," Meelyn replied in a voice of airy innocence.
"I don't either, but even if we did know, we wouldn't tell you," Aisling added with searing honesty.
They know me so well. "Why not?" I asked, smiling.
"Well, because for one thing, you'd be on the air," Meelyn began.
"And for another thing, your voice would be broadcast out over a large portion of Indiana," Aisling continued.
"And for a third thing, you don't think my advice would be well-received," I finished for them. "What do you think I'd say to that girl?"
Meelyn gave a little sigh. "Well, first you'd say, 'Hon, you need to respect yourself enough to find a man worthy of your love.'"
"Yes," I nodded. "Carry on..."
"And then you'd give that speech about how for every loser guy in the world, no matter how addicted or lazy or mean to his mama or stupid or half-witted or criminal or no gumption (whatever that means) or ungrateful or hateful or abusive -- there is a whole line of women standing there in front of him, convinced that they're the only ones ever to understand him, that they can change him with the power of their love and things would be even better if they had two or three babies together," Meelyn enumerated.
"Yada yada yada," Aisling put in.
"Yeah, it almost sounds like I know what I'm talking about, doesn't it?" I said smugly.
"And THEN you'd say," Aisling went on strenuously, "that the absolute BEST TIME EVER to break up with your boyfriend is when he's on his way to jail."
I shrugged. "Well, it's not like you're sending him off to the Marines or something. Why on earth would a girl tie herself to some dope who's going to jail?"
"Yes, Mother, we agree with you," said Meelyn with finality.
"I should totally be running that radio show," I said, and kissed Aisling goodbye.