SETTING: The Johnson family home in the 1960s.
AT RISE: MARY and PATRICK (age 8-10) are sitting
on the couch. MARY is smoking a cigarette.
When is dad coming back?
In three days.
Three days. . . He’s always gone!
He has to travel for work. You know that, silly.
(she ruffles his hair)
He’ll be back soon and you can ask him all about it.
(pauses to take a drag from her cigarette.)
And I bet he has a present for you!
Really. . . What?
You’ll just have to wait and see.
(MARY takes a longer drag this time and blows the smoke to the side.)
Mrs. Blackburn said that smoking is bad for you.
She said it can give you cancer.
(setting the cigarette down in the ashtray)
Well, your teacher doesn’t know everything.
Why do you smoke, mom?
Because it relaxes me, honey. And I like it.
Are you going to get cancer?
No! Of course not, dear.
(stubbing out the cigarette)
Don’t worry, Patrick. Nothing bad is going to happen to me.
(reaches over and tickles him)
Now, what do you think your dad is going to bring you back? Something good, I bet!
(END OF SCENE)
On to Scene 14