mercoledì, novembre 13, 2002

Playing Mommy And Daddy

Little Johnny rushes home from school. He invades the fridge and
is scooping out some cherry vanilla ice cream when his mother
enters the kitchen. She says, "Put that away, Little Johnny. You
can't have ice cream now. It's too close to supper time. Go
outside and play."

Little Johnny whimpers and says, "There's no one to play with."

Trying to placate him, she says, "OK. I'll play with you. What do
you want to play?"

"I wanna play 'Mommy and Daddy,'" Little Johnny whines in reply.

Trying not to register surprise, and to further appease him, she
says, "Fine, I'll play. What do I do?"

Little Johnny says, "You go up to the bedroom and lie down as if
you're taking a nap."

Figuring that she can easily control the situation, Mom goes
upstairs. Little Johnny, acting a bit cocky, swaggers down the
hall and opens the utility closet. He puts on his fathers old
fishing hat. As he starts up the stairs, he notices a cigarette
butt in the ashtray on the end table. He picks it up and slips it
in the corner of his mouth. At the top of the stairs he moves to
the bedroom doorway. His mother raises her head and asks, "What
do I do now?"

In a gruff manner, Little Johnny says, "Get your ass downstairs
and get that kid some ice cream!"