Thursday, September 20, 2007

Six is Savage... A play in four parts.

Part I.
The Anniversary
Scene opens in a car, with a mother, a daughter, and a baby on their way out shopping.
"Mommy, where are we going today?"
"To buy Daddy a present."
"Yeah, because you need to get him something for his birthday."
"No honey, I need to get something for our anniversary."
"What's an anniversary?"
"It's a celebration of the day we got married."
"Oh, yeah, am I going to be there?"
"Yes honey, we are going to take the family out to dinner and then we are going to come home, put you to bed, and daddy and I are going to have some alone time."
"Oh Yeah! Can we stay up late and watch a movie cause I love movies and it's a special night so I can stay up really late, like midnight!"
"No honey, mommy and daddy want some alone time, so after dinner we will be putting you to bed."
"Can I help pick out the present?"
"Well thank you honey, but I think I know what I am going to get him."
"Yeah, so I can help you pick out something really special."
"No honey, I think I know what I want to get your daddy."
"Oh. Well can I get him something myself? Oh, but I can't! I can't shop by myself, but if you come with me, you will know what I got!"
"Honey, it's all right, you don't have to get us anything, it's not that kind of celebration."
"I can make a card!"
"A card would be great."

Part II.
The Driving Lesson:
Scene opens with a mom, a daughter, and a baby in a car, stuck behind a long river of cars.
"Oh god, here is the traffic."
"Maybe you should turn around mommy."
"No honey, we need to go this way."
"But there isn't any traffic behind us."
"You're right, but home is this way, and we need to go home."
"Maybe we could go home another way if we had a map and found a way without traffic."
"Maybe honey, but we are stuck here now."
"Yeah, cause you didn't turn around."

Part III.
The Interrogation:
Scenes are a montage of many different common moments in the day of a mother, opening mail, cooking dinner, working on the computer. Also in the scene is a daughter and baby.
Scene I.
"Sigh."
"What Mommy?"
"Huh? What do you mean what?"
"You sighed. Why did you sigh?"
"No reason honey, I didn't even notice I did it."
Scene II.
"Darn."
"What Mommy? What's wrong?"
"Nothing honey."
"But you said Darn."
"Nothing you need to worry about honey."
"But why did you say darn?"
"No reason honey, it's nothing you need to worry about."
Scene III.
Giggle
"What's funny Mommy?"
"Just reading something honey"
"What is it?"
"It's a blog about parenting honey, you probably won't find it funny."
"Can you tell me anyway?"
Scene IV.
"What Mommy?"
"Yes Honey?"
"You made a sound. What?"
"Sweetie, I get to make sounds without having to explain them all to you."
"Okay."
"But, why did you make that sound Mommy?"

Part IV.
The Explanation:
Scene opens in the kitchen, with the mother stopped in the middle of some activity, baby on her hip. The daughter stands before her.

"Mommy, maybe when I am older, like maybe Ten, or Seven, or maybe next week, you know not today, but when I am older, like tomorrow, maybe then you can get me a checkers game, but not a kid one, a grown up one like the one they play in Little Bill, you know with Bobby and April in the episode where he can't find his thing?"
"You mean a chess board?"
"Yes."
"Your father and I have chess boards honey. We both like to play."
"Really? Can you teach me how to play? Maybe when we get home, I don't mean right away, I mean after I am done with my homework and you are done with dinner and putting the baby to bed and before I go to bed if I can stay up late to play."

Close Curtain.

2 comments:

Woman with a Hatchet said...

Happy Almost Anniversary.

Man, does Six EVER shut up? My Six is just the same.

I have pulled out the "Because I said so/asked you to." response many times since she's turned 6. I even said it in front of my mom and told her that now I understood why she did the same thing to us as kids.

Sometimes ya just gotta do what a mom's gotta do.

Yay 1st anniversary!

Amy York said...

Ahhh... Isn't six fun? :) Just think... in just over 5 years, you get to do this again! Though I'm sure it's slightly different from a boy's perspective.

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