Friday, October 16th 2020
AT RISE: The kids are at their distance learning desks in the living room.
ALEXA: [Beeb beeb, boop boop.] This is a reminder; it’s 12:59pm. [Beeb beeb, boop boop] This is a reminder; it’s 12:59pm.
MOM: [Enters room to stand behind boy and tries massaging the back of his shoulders.]
BOY: Ahh-aahh! [Recoiling and scrunching his shoulders.].
MOM: Well no wonder, you’re a ball of nerves.
BOY: [Takes off headset and puts them down.]
MOM: [Looking at him.] You’re like one, tight. Piano wire.
BOY: OK [Starts getting up quickly].
MOM: Hang on can we just do ONE breath?
BOY: [Looks at her suspiciously.]
MOM: C’mon; ONE in, and ONE out. That’s IT.
BOY: But! But… I have class in ONE MINUTE!
MOM: PERFECT. Let’s go. [Relaxes eyes and starts inhaling deeply.]
BOY: [Keeps a side glance on Mom and inhales quickly.]
BOTH: [Hold inflated lungs for one. Breathless. Moment. And then… EXHALE.]
BOY: Bye! [Runs to take his next class over the Chromebook on the beanbag in his bedroom.]