“Discriminating Tastes”

by Cindy McDermott

We’re ordering buffets at Pizza Kingdom

My husband asks for a military discount

Cashier smiles

“Yes sir,” she says, punching in a half-priced meal.

“And thank you for your service!”

She beams

He chuckles

I groan.

“You should thank my wife.”

Her face warps like over-baked pepperoni

She’s dished up an every day special for me:

Half-baked patriotism

With a heaping side of sexism

Served cold.