“– where the whole human race has to learn to live together,” says Rob, “or else, um…”
“… or else,” says Al.
“That’s right, or else!” says Rob, laughing. “Because when you combine atomic energy with jet propulsion and radar, and guided missiles – – well, just think of the – -” Rob pauses. “Aw, you’re just kidding me, Dad! You’ve been to all these places, and you’ve seen everything.”
“I’ve seen nothing,” says Al. “I should have stayed home and found out what was really going on.” He leans back in his chair.
Peggy walks into the living room. “Well, I’ve finished the dishes,” says Peggy.
“Why do you have to do that?” asks Al. “Is this the maid’s night out?” The rest of the family laughs.
“Our maid took a night out three years ago, and we haven’t seen her since,” says Peggy. “But everything’s alright, because I took a course in domestic science. Even bought a cookbook!”
“What’s happened to this family?” asks Al. “All this atomic energy, and scientific efficiency?”
“It was the war!” laughs Peggy. “You heard about that. All those problems on the home front?”
“We used to read about them in Stars & Stripes,” says Al.