Friday, May 15, 2009
The Incredible Bone-Eating Girl :: A Play
It's raining outside. The sound of rain trickling on the windows can be heard from the dinning room. The table is set with two big bowls of reheated, leftover, lentil chicken stew, a small plate of broccoli mixed with mac-n-cheese, and a very small glass bowl half filled with mashed bananas. A family of four is gathered around the table, ready for lunch.
Main (all) characters:
Mei (the eldest daughter, 2.5 yrs old)
And last but not least baby Graby (the youngest daughter and family member, 6 months old)
Mama (juggling between feeding herself and placing a spoon in Graby's mouth): Can you pass the buttered toast?
Baba (promptly reaching out for the toast): Sure!
Mei: I want some butter from the fire dishes ( A butter dish with a red flower petals shaped handle resembling "in Mei's head" the shape of flames, hence the name)
Mama: No, Mei... How about some Mac-n-cheese? Mmm Yummy mac-n-cheese!
Mei: No, I want the fire dishes.
Mama (trying to scoop up Graby's banana spit from her chin and carefully placing it back in her mouth): How about some soup ( Referring to the stew).
Graby at this point breaks the argument with an ear piercing squeal followed by some elaborate banana spit flying everywhere.
Mama (Looking at baba, and pointing hysterically at the wipes: WIPES!
Baba grabs the wet wipes box and pulls a couple of wipes with one swift move.
Mei, uninterested in all the commotion: How about the fire dishes...
End of Act I.
Act II:: Scene I:
Two minutes later...
After cleaning Graby's mess mama looks at mei and says in the most reasonable tone she can manage: Mei sweetie, how about some CHICKEN! You loooooove chicken.
Mei eying the bones plate in the middle of the table says:
Nope... How about bones...
Mei by this point is starting to reach out for the bones.
Baba looks at mama waiting...
Mama helpless and tired and still trying to feed Graby whose still spitting her bananas all over her bib and highchair, Looks at baba and says jokingly( not really!): Well they have calcium, no?
Mei Crunching away.
The family continues eating in a relatively quite manner ( if you delete Mei bone crunching sounds and Graby's spitting noises)
Five Minutes later Mei breaks "the silence" asking:
How about some Bambi Bones?
The sound of silverware dropping on the hard wood floors, then a close up on an open wide mouthed Baba, Mama, and even little Graby...
I was going to take pictures of the half eaten bones, but decided to protect my poor readers eyes!
She did love this book. You think...?