Kramer smiled. "I can see why I'm giving her away to YOU,"
he said reassuringly.
"Can I buy you a soft drink at my soda fountain?" said Patrick.
"That sounds great," said Kramer, "we can take my truck."
"So Patrick, why are you so worried about marrying Cricket?"
Patrick told the Colonel all about the first argument that he and
"Cricket wants to get married in front of a stained glass window.
I want to get married outside. One of us is going to lose."
"Being married isn't about winning or losing," said the Colonel.
Patrick thought back to the tic tac toe game carved on Wiggle's wall.
"When you really love someone, you want the other pawson to win as much
as you," Wiggle had said.
The Colonel listened carefully to Patrick.
"Sinkables and dirigibles!" said the Colonel. "What you need
are pawblem solving skills. As long as you have those, you can solve
a million pawblems. But if you don't have any at all, a single pawblem
will sink your ship."
"Where do I buy skills?" asked Patrick. They sounded like a
good investment to him.
"Free!" thought Patrick. This was sounding better all the time.
"You have to keep believing there is a way," said the Colonel, "and
work as hard as you can, and never ever give up."
"If you stop trying, you'll go to the chop shop," laughed Patrick,
remembering old Duct Tape.
Kramer didn't answer. He was getting an idea...