CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — This is not our family. Or any other.
LAURA: Another Saturday with only a few things to do.
GEORGE: I thought there was nothing to do.
LAURA: I did mention the lawn needed mowing one more time.
GEORGE: Looks OK for the winter to me.
LAURA: You recall Bobby next door broke our garage window with a fly ball.
GEORGE: That leaves us with 15 unbroken windows, or is it 150?
LAURA: You were going to put a new washer in my bathtub faucet.
GEORGE: Glad to know all the other faucets are not dripping.
LAURA: I think we should bring the ficus indoors before the frost. Maybe that nice mailman would help.
GEORGE: My weather report is that there will be no frost this year. I don't want to feel I have to tip somebody.
LAURA: Our outdoor light has slipped down again so all it shines on is a patch of grass.
GEORGE: Plenty of security around in this neighborhood.
LAURA: The last power outage canceled all the memory numbers you nicely put on the phone.
GEORGE: There's such a thing as dialing.
LAURA: Every time I turn on my word processor I get this fax template that I never use. How do I - ?
GEORGE: I'm really, really sorry about that.
LAURA: This is the third day in a row our newspaper hasn't been delivered. I called them but...
GEORGE: Golly, I didn't notice that.
LAURA: I guess that's why I love you, George, you never let anything bother you.
GEORGE: And I love you because you see all that needs to be done but don't make a big deal of it. Bring 'em on!
• Roderick Nordell is a former Monitor staff editor.