Miscommunication: A Play in One Act
(Overheard) The Boy, to His Mother: THAT'S NOT FAIR!
Me: What's wrong?
The Boy: [His friend] won't get off [The Boy's] swing-set!
Me: Does the swing-set live at our house?
The Boy: Yes...
Me: Does he have a swing-set at his house?
The Boy: No...
Me, having clearly drawn Point A and Point B: So, you can play on your swing-set anytime, OK?
The Boy: OK
(Overheard) The Boy, to His Friend: My Dad said I can swing WHENEVER I WANT (with the tone of: SO GET OFF, BECAUSE I WANT TO SWING RIGHT NOW!)
A true story from a friend just back from Iraq. (Repeat: true story) A unit went out looking for some suspected “bad guys” and entered a house, which they found empty. Or, at least, it appeared to be. While talking about what to do next, an attacker sprung from a trapdoor, and threw a live grenade at them. It happened too quickly for anyone to react, and one of the soldiers...
A Heart Warming Story
In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University. On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant’s foot and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As...
We're not those people... are we?
Me: Iron Man is showing at 12:30
Her: Cool, we could make that.
Me: Or 12, but I don't think we'd make that... first show is at 11:30, which we definitely wouldn't make
Her: We could if we took The Boy out of preschool early.
Me: Nah, let's just go to the 12:30
Me: But I like your thinking.