Sharing and Denial: A True Story.

EXT. – NEW YORK PLAYGROUND – DAY

A sunny and clear day.

The playground is still fairly empty as the City is still waiting to embrace the Labor Day throngs that are still abroad.

DAD#1 leans on fence and looks on smiling as SON#1 plays with cars in a sandbox bathed by the sunlight. A slight breeze carries a scent of autumn.

SON#1

Vroom Vroom! Beep Beep! Bulldozer! Bus! Police Car!

 

DAD#1

Hey Buddy, you almost ready to go home?

 

SON#1

No! Don’t wanna!

 

DAD#1

OK. 5 more minutes and then we have to go. Mommy is waiting.

 

SON#1

No! Don’t wanna!

 

DAD#1

Right. Of course not.

 

DAD#2 and SON#2 arrive at the sandbox and DAD#2 plops SON#2 in the sandbox empty handed. SON#2 looks around and sees SON#1 has cars. He waddles over and helps himself.


SON#1

Nooooo! Daddy?!

 

DAD#1

That’s OK little man, you can share your cars. You have a couple and he can play with some too.

 

SON#1

Noooooo! I don’t wanna!

 

DAD#1

C’mon little man. You have cars in both your hands. You don’t need the others right now.

 

SON#1 looks distraught, but grudgingly turns back to the cars he has in his hands and continues to play. SON#2 waddles back and grabs the remaining cars from SON#1. DAD#2 looks on smiling.


SON#1

Daaaaaaaaaaady?! Noooooooo!!!!

 

SON#1 proceeds to throw a tantrum.

 

SON#1

Caaaaaaarrrrrs!!! I want!!! Noooooooooo!!!!

 

DAD#1

OK. Relax we’ll ask him to give you the cars back.

 

DAD#2 (while just standing there)

Hey, Johnny give one of the cars back, the boy seems upset. (sideways to DAD#1) It’s always hard for them to learn to share. It took me a while to get him to do it.

 

DAD#1

That’s OK. I’m sure he’ll give them back.

 

DAD#2 (puzzled)

No, I meant your son.

 

DAD#1 (mouth agape)

Huh?

 

THE END

 

NB: DAD#1 is still trying to decide if DAD#2 was actually being serious.

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