That night, Roger and Stephanie talked about the punishment they'd recently given Alan.
"What do you think we should do? Let him stay punished when Georgia, Katherine and Patti come over or take him out of punishment while they're here? I do see he's got a point there," Roger said.
"I'm not sure yet. We'll need to talk more about this letting him out of punishment."
"It's all right with me he can get out of punishment while my sisters are here."
"I'll still need to let our son know if he can or not. He should know by now he doesn't need to be a bad boy while getting in fights at school."
"Kids are like that. When I was a kid, I was homeschooled since I was in bed a lot. That's why I was smart and learned on my own. Now I'm not as sick as I used to be, but I can sneeze time to time but somehow it doesn't stop me from coaching in the NFL."
Roger was never really a church goer like his cousin, Elvis Presley was. He did believe in the Lord, but he really didn't show enough faith to go to church regularly. He did read the Bible often but he always didn't get the chance when he wanted to. The telephone rang five minutes later.
Stephanie answered it. Scott was still in his bedroom, putting finishing touches on his homework.
"He's here," Stephanie said, looking in Roger's direction.
He gave her a silent question: 'Who is it?'
She handed him the cordless phone and whispered, "Georgia."
Roger took the phone out of her hand gently and said, "Hello?"
He heard his sister's friendly voice on the other end.
"Hi, Roger. Would you and Stephanie mind if the plans changed a bit?"
"Why?" he asked.
"Well, Al and I talked about our plan with you and your family. We thought we could have the boys over the weekend and you'll get them by Sunday."
"Let me check with her and see if she agrees. One minute."
He put the phone on his right shoulder so Georgia would be out of mute.
"She says plans have changed around a bit. She and Al want the boys for the weekend and they'll come back Sunday. What do you think?"
"Sounds good with me. I could use some alone time with you."
He didn't say anything so all he did was tell Georgia it was all right with them and they would send the boys Friday after school. She said she and Al would pick them up. That's when Roger disconnected the call. Not too long after he'd disconnected with Georgia, the phone rang again and this time it was Patti.
"Don't tell me you're changing your plans with the kids too."
"What are you talking about?" Patti asked, clueless on what her brother had just said.
"We just got a call from Georgia. She and Al want the boys for the weekend."
"Eric and I thought of coming to your place for the weekend so we could spend time with the boys. What are we going to do now? Georgia and I don't want to put you in the middle. What would Katherine want to do?"
"I'm not sure what she has planned to see the kids. I hope I don't get a call from her after I talk with you to change the plans. Why don't you all three come to my house and see the boys yourselves instead of just fighting about when you see the kids when one sister wants to spend the weekend with them at her home and the other sister wants to do something else. I'll call Katherine and tell her this."
Roger was confused. It wasn't often Patti, Katherine and Georgia put him in the middle. He really never liked being in the middle with his three older sisters. To tell the truth, it really never happened by putting him in the middle. So far it looked like he was going to be in the middle this time. He put Patti on hold.
"Now, Patti wants to have Alan and Scott the same time Georgia and Al do. I mentioned it would be easier to have my sisters here instead of sending the boys to whoever. What do you think?"
"I'd say if they're putting you in the middle now, I'd vote they both come out here to be with the boys."
"I thought you'd agree."
He arrived back to the conversation.
"Steph and I seem to agree you, Al, Eric, and Georgia come the same day to spend with the boys."
He didn't want to have the nerve to tell Patti Alan was into trouble again so he decided to keep it quiet for time being.