Tuesday, April 14th 2020
AT RISE: It is mid-morning at home. Mom and Dad are deep into Homeschool Custodial Duties as the children work on schoolwork at their desks.
MOM: [To Boy] Whatcha workin’ on Babe?
GAVIN: Oh, a “Tribute Poem.”
MOM: [Jokingly] To ME?
GAVIN: No. Dad.
MOM: Really!? I was just kidding. [Pause.] But… you didn’t want to write it about MOI?
GAVIN: Well you were being really mean at the time, so… too bad!
MOM: [Joking.] Well maybe if you weren’t such a jerk I wouldn’t be so mean!
GAVIN: Oh come ON! You were just telling me if I wasn’t such a great “self-directed learner” that you would be “sunk.”
MOM: [Pause.] You’re right. Fair enough. I deserve that.