This was an idea I had for quite some time. I had heard the phrase "I wasted the day with my son today" and I decided to turn the negative meaning into a positive one so I changed it to "I wasted the day away with my son today." The content of the conversation between father and son can be anything you want...
It's by far my favorite drama.
John: A dad
Jimmy: A son
Martha: A mom
The family's backyard
(LIGHTS UP CENTER STAGE on John and Jimmy who are fishing.)
Jimmy: So, what do you think, Dad?
Dad: What do I think about what, Jimmy?
Jimmy: Are we going to catch some fish?
Dad: I don’t know. What do you think?
Jimmy: I think it’s just a matter of time.
Dad: Sounds good to me. Did you bait your hook?
Dad: Then we’re all set. So, tell me, do you miss school?
Jimmy: Yeah, right Dad.
(There is a lot of conversation between father and son here with the father asking the son lots of questions about what he did at a party, what he’s watching on tv, where they want to go for vacation, etc. This goes on for some time…)
Mom: (comes out) John? John you know it’s 5’oclock. You gonna start the grill?
Dad: Oh, yeah, sure. Wow. Is it 5 already?
Mom: Yep. You guys have been out here a long time. What are you two talking about?
Mom: (Looks around and leans down, speaking quietly so only Dad can hear) Dear, you realize don’t you that you’re fishing in our swimming pool.
Dad: (looks at his son and smiles) Yep.
Mom: (get’s it) Oh, okay. Well, (kisses him on the cheek) maybe dinner can wait another half an hour. (She walks off)
Jimmy: Hey Dad, who do you think is stronger: Superman or the Hulk?
Lights slowing begin to fade here…)
Dad: Hmmm, well, I don’t know. They’re both pretty strong. What do you think?
Jimmy: I think the Hulk cause when he gets angry, he gets stronger.
Dad: Yeah, but isn’t Superman, like, always strong?
Jimmy: Yeah, I guess but the Hulk is bigger and he’s green!
Dad: Ah, of course, I had forgotten about that. Hey, which Pokemon do you like the best?
Jimmy: I like Pikachu.. etc...
(LIGHTS COMPLETELY OUT)
(c) 1999 Dave Marsh