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It’s for you, angel,” he says, leaving the receiver at the kitchen counter. outdated mom and the Grouch have quarreled over associates, the West Coast, the phone, dinner, what time to visit mattress, what time to wake up, commute plans, her mom and dad, his paintings, her paintings, and his cat, between different topics. they've got now not quarreled, to this point, over certain sale goods, acquisitions for the home, average landscapes, wild animals, town governing board, and the neighborhood library. a lady dressed all in crimson is leaping up and down in a tantrum. it's outdated mom, who can't deal with frustration. If outdated mom talks to a chum out of his earshot, the Grouch thinks she needs to be announcing unkind issues approximately him. he's occasionally correct, even though by the point he seems to be glowering within the doorway, she has long past directly to different subject matters. in the future in June, the Grouch and outdated mom take all their potted crops out onto the deck for the summer time. the following week, the Grouch brings all of them again in and units them at the lounge ground. outdated mom doesn't comprehend what he's doing and is ready to item, yet they've got quarreled and aren't chatting with one another, so she will simply watch him in silence. The Grouch is extra attracted to funds than previous mom and extra cautious approximately how he spends it. He reads sale advertisements and won't purchase whatever until it really is marked down. “You’re now not first-class with money,” he says. She wish to deny it yet she can’t. She buys a e-book, secondhand, referred to as how you can reside inside of Your source of revenue. They spend a great deal of time someday drawing up a listing of what every one of them will do of their family. for example, she is going to make their dinner yet he'll make his personal lunch. by the point they're comprehensive, it's time for lunch and outdated mom is hungry. The Grouch has taken a few care over a tuna fish salad for himself. previous mom says it appears to be like sturdy and asks him if she will be able to proportion it. frustrated, he issues out that now, opposite to the contract, he has made their lunch. previous mom may purely have sought after a guy of the top beliefs yet now she unearths she can’t dwell as much as them; the Grouch may basically have sought after the simplest kind of lady, yet she isn't the top kind of girl. previous mom thinks her mood might increase if she beverages extra water. whilst her mood is still undesirable, she starts taking a regular stroll and consuming extra clean fruit. previous mom reads a piece of writing which says: If certainly one of you is in a nasty temper the opposite should still remain out of her method and be as type as attainable till the undesirable temper passes. but if she proposes this to the Grouch, he refuses to think about it. He doesn't belief her: she is going to declare to be in a nasty temper whilst she isn't really, after which require him to be sort to her. previous mom makes a decision she's going to gown up as a witch on Halloween, considering she is usually defined as a witch through the Grouch. She owns a pointed black hat, and now she buys extra goods to make up her gown. She thinks the Grouch could be amused, yet he asks her please to take away the rubber nostril from the lounge. The Grouch is exasperated. previous mom has been criticizing him back.