my parents have been pretty responsible about COVID for Boomers living in what was a red state before this election, but my sister tracks their phones just to be safe because a lot of their friends aren't taking it seriously and I really have to admire her commitment
and I know if I were either her or my parents I'd be exhausted (her from trying to make sure they stay safe, because they have a hard time saying no to their friends) and them from basically being spied on

but from half a continent away it's hilarious
like, understand, my sister is in a different city from them

so, SCENE: my mom sitting in the car at the Starbucks drivethru
she gives her order. her phone rings.

SISTER: (sans small talk) Mom, are you at Starbucks?!

My mom jumps. Peers out the car windows, as if my sister might be hiding in the bushes.

MOM: ...yes?

SISTER: You're supposed to stay home unless it's ESSENTIAL.
MOM: I'm going through the drivethru.

SISTER: (long, considering pause) I guess that's ok.

MOM: (peering into a particularly robust bush) Are you here?

SISTER: I am EVERYWHERE. (hangs up)

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