Husband and wife dialogues link the sections of this book about their boys -- Chris, two years older than Nick -- and the bypasses and roundabouts that parents encounter. It shifts backwards and forwards, starting with the money problem which didn't hit the boys until they wanted a bike and then they worked, and saved -- only to share their capital for a third bike for a friend. When the children were babies, Keith and Emily switched -- he stayed home and she headed into the city and both had a lovely time; the unsolved mystery of how expenses always catch up with savings and extra earnings; the battle of bettering children's taste in music, movies, books. Then comes the move to the country and a winter scene in which everything in the old house conks out; the lessons taught by baseball -- and by a new teacher; of course something about dogs and cats -- and sitters; next are parties and an almost dismal fishing-for-breakfast expedition; that happened when Chris had an emergency appendectomy and when the day came where everyone goofed, and it ends on an Easter Sunday. Many a familiar family fracas has a genial airing just as many a logical theory does not work out, and the whole has a demure and quiet humor that big and little leagues will enjoy.