Step In Time

He grabbed a breakfast sandwich from the freezer and popped it into the convection oven. The coffee, preset last evening, had already been dispensed from the console in the kitchen’s center island and, with the remote, Patrick turned on the morning news and weather report. Through the split-screen option, he checked his emails.

He set the toaster timer for his wife’s morning bagel and got into the other bathroom’s shower. Twenty minutes later, pressed and dressed, Patrick kissed Paula good morning as she finished her bagel and set a microwavable lunch next to each of their briefcases.

He pressed the button that opened the attached garage door and hit the remotes to start their car’s heaters so that they were nice and warm when they got in. With a dismissive smile and wave, each got into their separate car, driving side by side down the driveway that service had plowed hours ago as they slept.

At the end of the driveway, Patrick went left and Paula went right. Seconds later he remembered he had forgotten to remind Paula that he would be home late due to an afternoon meeting that he expected to go long–so he called her using the hands-free speaker in his car.

She put her friend on hold and took Patrick’s call. She was just fine with Patrick’s schedule change, because the kids had sports practice after school so she was just planning to pull through a drive-through fast-food joint for dinner.

Patrick said he would get his own dinner on the way home, too, but please have the kids wait for him before they settled in for a family video this evening. When he did get home, he microwaved a bowl of popcorn for them to share and joined the family on the pit group couch. Everyone was already enjoying a bottle of flavored mineral water.

He sipped his protein drink and he and Paula smiled at each other from opposite ends of the recliner.

“What a day!” he said. “I’m exhausted.”

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at

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3 comments on “Step In Time

  1. Dan Downey on said:

    Very nice story Ron, Thank You.
    Sometimes you may write things and you may not even realize at the time how they will connect with different people. This story connected with me. My Grand Father was a Milk Man For the Bowman Dairy Company in Chicago and his stories would be very similar to those of Pasquale. My father was a Sales Manager covering the State of Michigan for the Fort Howard Paper Company of Green Bay, WI. We were very involved in Sports and in Scouting which presented a very busy schedule however our family seeded to always have time for a meal together in the evening. My wife and I have been blessed with four wonderful boys and as a Sales Representative myself, our lives are much like that of Patrick’s. Not saying that one generation is better than another but your story hit home because boy, have things ever changed. Thanks for your story!

  2. Dan Talbott on said:

    Please change my email address form the above to this:

    thank you

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