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Life Story

CHILD: Mama, what’s that book about the whole history of the Earth?”

MOTHER:Oh, the one we saw at the toy store? I think it’s ‘Life Story.’ You have it up in your room.

(CHILD heads upstairs. PARENTS enjoy ten remarkably quiet minutes.)

CHILD (off stage): Mom, Dad! I found that book. It was in the Library!

MOTHER: Oh, okay, bring it down and we’ll read it.

(CHILD slides book down stairs, then walks down himself.)

CHILD: I kinda had to pile up all those books in my room.

PARENTS (in unison): Oh.