I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I really like the second epilog. It's written pretty well, and the consequences follow, logically, from the events.
Modern first aid, pizza and beer (and that poor car's upholstery) explain so much!
(Which glove does Joe wind up with?) ... And yes, I really could see the scenes of the whole family unfolding, and I really enjoyed those, too.
I wonder, has the writer ever heard a song by Marty Robbins called "El Paso City"? There are folks who think we're not all as anchored firmly in the seas of time as we might like to believe, and this story lends a delightful wave to that stream!
(I'd give it a ten, but my inner English major is listening to Adam copy-edit as I read).
RedShirt, thank you for reading and for your honesty. Your bracketed comment prompted me to read again the story and I must admit to cringing. A dysfunctional childhood interfered with my basic schooling. I am aware of my 'grammatical errors' and over the past four years, I have taken some online courses. I also have an app that nudges me and my grammar onto the straight path. I think I can truthfully say that 'one is never too old learn'. It is my intention to backtrack on all of my previous stories and 'Adam copy-edit' as you nicely put it.
That you enjoyed the story and have taken the trouble to review gives me joy - I am grinning as I type.
Funny enough, I am a fan of the late, great Marty Robbins - listened and sang along to "El Paso" many times but not "El Paso City" - must look it up.
BTW, Joe ends up with the left glove.