Fred saw that his son had cleaned up the garage as he’d been told. He went into the family room where Dylan was watching a movie with Grandpa. “Dylan, thanks! The garage looks great.”
“Neep,” Dylan said.
“Neep?” Fred asked.
Dylan waved a hand. “Like yeah… neep. I’m acknowledging your compliment, Dad.”
“Whatever happened to no problem?” Fred said. “I hope you aren’t using this casual language to your teachers.”
“Like they ever give me compliments,” Dylan muttered.
Grandpa spoke up. “Back in my day, we said you’re welcome.”
Fred rolled his eyes. “How many times have I heard back in my day?”
“Not enough!” Grandpa chuckled.
“I like you’re welcome,” Dylan said. And he began using it with his friends, who thought it was hilarious. They said it instead of neep. It was fun! Made them stand out from the crowd.
At the parent-teacher conference, Ms. Pine told Fred she was pleased with Dylan’s progress. “He’s a very well-spoken young man. He even says you’re welcome when I thank him for turning in his English homework. You’ve done a great job with him, Mr. Hartley. Thank you.”
Fred, being divorced and thinking Ms. Pine was very pretty, wanted to seem cool. So, he smiled and said… “Neep.”
Ms. Pine frowned at him over her glasses.
Image credited to Shelley Krupa.
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