"The camera battery is charged, I just put in a memory card, and the air mattress pump can be unplugged and packed. Do you have sunscreen?"
"How many pairs of underwear did Jake pack? Does he have enough shirts and shorts?"
"I have two of his favorite pair in the dryer. Did you get the life jacket out of the boat?
"It's on the table."
"Children's Tylenol! He gets headaches, you know."
"I packed Ibuprofen. If he gets a headache, he can take one."
"No! He needs Tylenol!" I start digging through the medicine cabinet. "Here's some chewable children's Tylenol. Take it. Take it! NOW!"
"Dad, you better take it. Mom's getting that crazy look. Really, just take it."
"Jake, do you have a sweatshirt? Where's your toothbrush? Stop looking at me like that. I'm not going to cry. I just have a sneeze tickling my nose. And allergies."
"Then what's wrong with your lip? It's quivering."
"It's a new tic. If you kiss it, it will stop."
It was worth a try.