In the antique store just a half-block from campus, Ben found an old Thermos with a glass liner and a retro (was it green?) plaid pattern on the outside.
"Are you going to pay for that, or should I?" I asked.
What the heck. It was Parents' Weekend, and it was only a Thermos.
"I don't know," he said, perhaps not to seem presumptuous.
"Do you have any cash?" I asked.
"I can use my new credit card," he said. (He had activated it earlier in the day.)
"How much is it?" I asked, peering around him to look for a price tag.
"I'll pay for it," I said, handing him a ten.
It was Parents' Weekend; it was only a Thermos; and it was inexpensive to boot! What the heck, indeed.
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