Happy Meal by Christine Columbus

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    Mark's mother was notoriously stubborn and when she set her mind to dining at McDonald's there was no persuading her. He suspected his mom was up to something but would have never guessed that their weekly dinners out would end up with so many Happy Meals to come.

    Rosette
    (10 pages) - sweet

    Excerpt:

    Before my blue BMW 3 series convertible had come to a stop, Mom was out her front door. She hated being late and prided herself on punctuality. Her head of white curls bobbed as she wrestled with her sweater and black purse. At seventy, her body had gotten smaller while her purse became larger. I figured by the time she was a hundred it would look like she was dragging around a suitcase. She smiled and waved as she locked up the front door.

    As I walked around the car to open the passenger door, I peeled off my suit jacket, tucked my tie in the pocket and tossed them into the backseat. I ignored her "tsk, tsk" and dropped a kiss on her check.

    If I closed my eyes, I'd be right back in time, to all the spring days, when I'd walk into the house after school, toss off my shirt and hear 'Mark, don't toss your clothes on the floor, hang them up.'

    I couldn't help but tease her a little. "I know you raised me not to be careless with my clothes." I reached into the backseat and smoothed out my jacket. "Better?"

    "It would be better if you didn't tease your mother so much." Her faded blue eyes twinkled with mischief behind her silver framed glasses. With one hand, she gripped the door and her other hand clutched the seat. "I have no idea why anyone would make a car that's so hard to get into."

    I shook my head and smiled because she said the same thing every week. I knew that before I had finished sliding into my black leather bucket seat she'd say, "I just don't understand why you're not married."

    I nodded and shifted the car into reverse.

Reviews

Grade 
11/04/2009

Review

This is a short sweet endearing love story.

Pick it up when you are in between reads or need a quick pick me up.

    Grade 
    02/01/2007

    Review

    FAR - Fallen Angel Review:

    Mark takes his widowed mother out for dinner each Thursday night. For the past month she chooses McDonald?s. He tries to dissuade her but she?s adamant.

    Mark orders the meal and the strawberry shake spills on a pretty woman with two sons. He offers to pay for her dry cleaning, but she takes it all in stride, having two sons she?s had worse happen. Mark is attracted to her strength of character and easy going way.

    Mark?s mother asks where her shake is and Mark points to the woman. She knows Amy and invites her and the boys to sit with them. Mark senses his mom is up to something. He just needs to figure out what.

    Happy Meal is a sweet, fun, happy reading. Christine Columbus knows how to develop characters quickly and makes them real to her readers. The endearing relationship between mother and son is refreshing. Happy Meal is yet another hit from Christine Columbus.

      Grade 
      11/02/2006

      Review

      Happy Meal was so heart warming a read that it even melted my cold, cold heart. Mike Fyle - Retired Fire Capt.

        Grade 
        10/16/2006

        Review

        HAPPY MEAL is a feast for the senses. The author provides enough sensory detail to make me wish I had a Happy Meal, too. A well-written story of love and McDonalds.
        Jade Taylor - Harlequin Superromance Author of Wild Cat and the Marine

          Grade 
          10/16/2006

          Review

          Happy Meal I read your story at lunch. How fun! Very sweet and romantic.
          G. Christine,

            Grade 
            10/16/2006

            Review

            Happy Meal Review.... Delightful story. I enjoyed the relationship between mother and son.

            Pat Columbus - 6th grade teacher

              Grade 
              10/16/2006

              Review

              Happy Meal ?Loved it! Eight pages a little twist into it, really good.?
              John Fyle - laborer for City of Minneapolis

                Grade 
                07/16/2006

                Review

                Short, sweet and entertaining. Looking forward to more by the author. Mike White, Gas Company Leak Surveyor

                  Grade 
                  07/16/2006

                  Review

                  I loved it. It made me feel good inside. Wanted to keep reading?.can?t wait to read more?. Toni Benjamin ? Representative Billing Records

                    Grade 
                    07/16/2006

                    Review

                    Happy Meal Review.... Delightful story. I enjoyed the relationship between mother and son.
                    Pat Columbus - 6th grade teacher

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