“What do you think so far?” Hal asked his son.
“Aren’t you done yet?” Mikey answered.
“Does it look like I’m done?” Hal asked.
“I don’t know, but it’s taking too long.”
“Would you like to help?”
Mikey thought for a moment, weighing whether or not he wanted to help his dad finish the job or go play with his friends. “Okay, I guess,” he finally said.
“Great,” said Hal. “The stain on that bench is dry, so while I finish staining this one, you can apply the varnish on that one.”
“What’s varnish?” Mikey asked.
“It’s a clear finish that you put on wood to protect it from the elements.”
“It’s weather, like rain, or snow,” Hal said. “Varnish helps to keep the wood from aging too quickly.”
Once again, Mikey thought about what what he heard. Then he looked up at his father and said, “maybe we should varnish grandma.”
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “varnish.”