R has broken his foam water pistol. He is distraught. I have tried unsuccessfully to fix the toy.
Mom — Sorry, R. I can’t fix it. We can take it home to see if Dad can fix it, though, if you want.
R — Okay. I bet Dad can fix it. He’s much better at fixing things than you are.
The boys are counting the days until we are reunited with Dad.
B — I can’t wait to see Daddy!
Mom — I can’t, either. Dad missed out on a lot of our celebrations, huh?
R — Like our birthday, and Christmas…
Mom — … and my birthday, and Valentine’s Day the day after that.
R — Your birthday is the day before Valemtime’s Day?
Mom — Yes.
R — Wow. [Pause] We should make Valemtime’s cupcakes and take them to our friends at school.
Mom — What did your teacher say about the mug you made for her?
B — She loved it more than us!
Mom — She loved the mug more than she loves you guys?
B — Well, she loves it the same as much in time as us.
Mom — That’s good.
B — Yeah, she loves it just as much length as us!
Mom — Boys, you realize that because I decided to only let you do homework for a half hour today, and you didn’t finish all your homework, Miss Teacher may decide to take away some privileges.
R — Are you going to send her a note?
Mom — Yes. I will explain that I think 2 hours of homework is too long.
R — I know! Then we wouldn’t even have time to play!
Mom — Well, if Miss Teacher says there is some punishment involved for not doing all your homework, I want you to remember that we made the decision and we’ll have to take the consequences.
R — Okay.
B — It’s okay. We can take it.
The boys are talking to Dad on Skype.
Dad — How was your first day back at school?
R — Not so good.
Dad — How come?
R — Well, there were some bad parts.
Dad — Like what?
R — Well, the first part, of course, is that they don’t have anything to play with at recess like at our old school.
Dad — No playground?
R — Yeah! It’s just a field.
Dad — Oh… What else?
R — Well, the second part, of course, is that the bus ride is so long . The third part, of course, is that the P. E. teacher speaks Spanish.
Mom, thinking there must be more to the story — Did you get in trouble?
R — Of course not.