"And I didn't want you to take me to your house,"
I confessed to myself. The minute I thought of it I swallowedit. I wouldn't be able to take it back. I would have to tell him I don't know why I thought he would take me to hishouse, but that it just came to me and that I knew his kid hated me. I wanted to say that I didn't want to soundlame by saying what I really would have done once I got home. Or I could tell him...
Pull yourself together!
I toldmyself before I lifted my eyes back up to meet his."Your invite just threw me," I told him."It seems like it threw you a lot," he commented."Yeah," I said as I saw movement in the corner of my eye. As I straightened up the waitress put down the drinkswe had asked for. Henry took both of them, then looked at me as he drank the lemonade. "I think I'll have aginger ale instead," I told her."Ok, would you like to order now or would you like some more time to think about it?" she asked both of us asshe pulled out her pen and pad just in case."I'm fine with a burger and some onion rings," I told Henry."So am I," he answered. "But what kind do you want?" he asked as the waitress stood by and waited for us totell her something."I think I'll try the Chipotle Honey one," I said as I remembered reading it in the menu. I smiled up at thewaitress as she wrote it down."And you said that you wanted onion rings with that right?" she asked."Yes," I answered before feeling better and looking towards Henry as he now talked to her."I'll have the Hawaiian burger with stake fries," he said before taking another drink from what use to be mylemonade."Ahm," I said as she started to leave. "Can I have some water please?" I asked her."Of course," she said before she walked over to a side table that was in the shade. She picked up a glass andadded some ice to it from a bucket that was next to a pitcher. It was half full before she added the water andbrought it to the table. "I'll be right back with your drink sir," she told me. "Your burgers should be ready inabout ten minutes," she said to both of us before leaving with the menus."So what were you going to do when you got home today if your car was working?" Henry asked me."The tivo thing was true," I started. "I was just going to have some V8 while I watched it instead of the beer." Iwatched him as he nodded his head."What did you record?" he asked before he took another swing and that was how we spent the the next hourand half. He asked me questions and I answered them honestly and I assumed he answered mine honestly alsowhen I asked him a question or two before we just talked over our very good burgers. And true to his word, wenever once talked about work.He was trying to convince me of my lack of pride at being a man for not backing the state's football team or any