Living In and Moving Out
MARIA AND DAVE were not able to get together during the week, which was a bit unusual. The previous long weekend Dave and Maria both flew out to Nebraska to be with Maria’s family for Thanksgiving. It was a nice event and they chatted about many things on the plane trip back. But during the week they had obligations at work and they just talked a few times on the phone.
On Saturday they got together to do some pre-shopping for Christmas, at least to come up with some ideas for gifts. They did not want to actually purchase things, just look and then have a relaxing meal at a place far away from the mall.
Maria was the one who knew the restaurant on the far south side. Nothing much, but it was quiet. Sandwich, salad, and chat—it was a relaxing combination.
After both had confirmed that no pressing calls were expected and cell phones were turned off, they started to reflect on the people they met at Thanksgiving. “Your cousin Anthony is interesting, and he certainly has a lively girlfriend. What was her name again?” “Samantha. They have been going together for about seven or eight years,” responded Maria. “In fact,” said Dave, “I was going to ask whether they were engaged, because they acted a bit like married people.” “Well, they have been living together for over five years. But no marriage yet. Anthony has still not popped the question.”
Because Dave knew that family matters were sensitive areas, he said to Maria, “Can I speak candidly about Anthony and Samantha?” Maria said not to worry, she would not be insulted. Even before he offered his views, she reminded Dave how