The old man waited until the boy was in easy distance and tipped his head. "Runnin' errands for your momma again, boy? Thought I told you last week that isn't a job for the likes of you."
"Yes, you did."
"Now now, please don't get like that." He shifted his weight and bounced his mostly-for-show cane on the road. "I'm just sayin'... well, you know. Your daddy wouldn't... That is, what I mean is--"
The boy smiled. "I know my dad made you nervous, but there's no need to worry. I won't do anything my mom doesn't say."