I’ve pulled a story from my archives called, “A Day Late & A Dollar Short” & it written in 2011. It one of my favorites. I hope you like it, too!!
They were married in the Manti, Utah in December 1960.
Today, and for the last fifty years, it’s been the same—he’s been a day late and a dollar short. But she loves him anyway. She loved him back then, and she loves him now. She loves him with a knowing sufferance that is sometimes masked by sharp tones. She loves him with a tenderness that reveals itself through a quick squeeze of his hand as they sit side by side on the worn couch in the loft, watching a rerun of some syndicated TV program.
One morning a month ago, they were in the bedroom. She was sitting on the bed, two pillows propped behind her back. Ginger, the dachshund snuggled under the coverlet beside her. He was on all fours on the floor on the far side of the bed. She was reading the sports page. He was reading the main section of the local daily.
The bedroom TV, a relic of the analog age, flickered in silence. Then, as Regis and Kelly walked onto the set, she reached for the remote, and there was sound. Minutes passed.
“Regis and Kelly are sponsoring a love story contest,” she said.
“Uh,” he said. He was reading the funnies.
“You’re a writer. Why don’t you send our love story to Regis and Kelly? The deadline is January 21st.” she said.
“Huh?” he said, absorbed in the intricacies of “Pickles.”
“You should write our love story, and win us a trip.”
As the days went by she reminded him a couple of times.
“Did you write our love story for Regis and Kelly?”
“Not yet, but I will.”
“No you won’t.”
“Yes I will.”
January 21, 2011, 10 p.m.
“Did you write our love story?”
“I’ll write it tomorrow.”
And he did, but he was a day late and a dollar short.
Dr. Larry Day is a retired KU J-School professor, & humor columnist and author of Day Dreaming: Tales From the Fourth Dementia, a collection of short stories that have NOTHING to do with old age!!