Monday, June 3, 2013
One Act Play: Daydreaming
Photography by Rita Bourland © 2013
Girl: What’s a daydream?
Mother: It’s a dream we have in the middle of the day when we stop thinking about now and start thinking about other things we’d like to be doing.
G: What‘s the matter with thinking about now?
M: There’s nothing the matter with thinking about now, but sometimes people need a little escape from the everyday things they have to do.
G: What kind of everyday things?
M: Oh, you know, like going to work, paying bills, mowing the lawn, going to the grocery, and doing the laundry
G: So, a daydream is kind of like taking a vacation?
M: Yes, kind of like that.
G: Maybe people could try to have more fun in the now.
M: How do you think they might do that?
G: Well, for starters, they could take a bike ride or have a picnic in the backyard. Or maybe they could do some coloring or painting, or tell stories to each other before bedtime.
M: I like those ideas. What else?
G: They could order pizza for a whole week and not worry about going to the grocery!
M: Do you think they might get sick of pizza?
G: Maybe, but there are so many kinds.
M: So, do you think we shouldn’t daydream?
G: I guess it’s okay to daydream, but sometimes, when the teacher is making us recite the multiplication tables, I think about how I wish I was flying a kite, and then when she calls on me I don’t know the answer.
M: So, maybe we need to do the things we have to do and try to have some fun in the now, but also reserve a little time for daydreaming.
G: Yeah, I think that’s good. So, mom, what do you daydream about?
M: I daydream about all the fun I’m going to have with my little girl when school gets out this summer.
G: Now, that’s my kind of daydream.