Brett: Do you know what kind of mood Mom is in?
Molly: Not really. Why?
Brett: I really need a raise in my allowance and I’m waiting for the right time to ask. She’ll be more likely to say “yes” if she’s not feeling too grouchy.
Molly: I wouldn’t count on this being a good time. She looked a little upset after getting off the phone with Aunt Teri.
Molly: Aunt Teri has been down in the dumps since Cousin Frank decided to take a job in Cambodia. He’s on cloud nine about this new job, but Aunt Teri is anxious about him moving so far away.
Brett: I see. Well, I’ve got to think of some way to cheer her up. It’s a lost cause if I ask her while she’s angry, on edge, or depressed.
Molly: You know that Mom is always happy to hear good news about school. Do you have anything new to report?
Brett: I hadn’t thought of that. I need to come up with something.
Molly: Be patient. Wait for the right moment and then strike. I speak from years of experience.
Brett: Right. Thanks.