ANITA, stay at home mom of 3 girls in middle and high school
JAN, self-employed mom of 2 in elementary and middle school
CARLA, employed mom of 2 in middle and high school
JASON, junior in high school
“LAUREN,” unknown teen girl (Lauren’s a nice name to give her)
PAM, longtime friend of Anita’s and a stay at home mom of 3 in middle and high school
SCENE: Neighborhood where the women and Jason live
SCENE 1 The pool parking lot. (The pool hasn’t opened yet for the season.) Anita, Carla, and Jan are standing and talking. It’s about 10:10 a.m.
Enter Jason in his car.
Enter Lauren in her car. She parks and gets into Jason’s car.
Exit Jason and Lauren.
JAN Hmmm… That’s interesting.
CARLA Looks like they planned to meet here and go somewhere.
JAN He’s a senior, I think. Don’t a lot of them get out of school early?
ANITA No, not this early.
JAN I see his mother biking around the neighborhood a lot; you know, the one who’s attractive with the reddish hair.
CARLA Oh, yeah! I’ve seen her, too.
ANITA Ohhh… her name is Crystal, and that’s Jason! I’m almost sure he’s a junior.
Anita, Jan, and Carla give each other “the look” that says they are thinking the same thing and chat a few more minutes.
Exit Anita, Jan, and Carla
SCENE 1 Anita’s home
I wonder if Crystal knows that Jason is not in school. She seems strict to me, based on the time I saw her fussing at her son when he was younger. She was so composed though; not too loud and animated. Would she be really angry to find out that her son has skipped school to be with a girl? I’ll bet they went somewhere to have sex. I don’t know that for a fact. Why do I think that’s what they’re doing? But why did the girl park the car in the empty parking lot? Why couldn’t he have picked her up at her home; or she could have left her car at the school parking lot. When their parents get the automated message that says their child has missed at least one block, what excuse will the children give them? Anita, you are so suspicious.”
SCENE 2 Anita is eating lunch and having a “flashback” to a conversation with Pam two weeks ago.
PAM Oh gosh! Some of things I know and have heard about what the kids are doing!
ANITA I can imagine. I hope mine isn’t one of them. But if you ever see or hear of one of mine doing something they shouldn’t be doing, please tell me.
PAM You know… most parents don’t want to know what their kids are doing. They say they do, but if you try to tell them, they get mad at you or they don’t believe you.
ANITA Really? I guess it can be awkward, but I’d really want you to tell me about mine.
PAM Trust me. The parents really don’t want to know.
Exit Anita and Pam
Enter Anita, driving a car
Scene 1 Anita is driving past the pool parking lot on her way to donate blood at a nearby church.
ANITA It’s 2:15. Her car is still there. They must be having big fun.
SCENE 2 Anita is driving past the pool parking lot on her way home from the bloodmobile.
Enter Anita, driving a car. A stretchy, red bandage is wrapped around her arm at the elbow.
ANITA Hmmm… 3:15. The car is still there. School gets out at 3:30. Maybe they’re waiting for then to come back to her car to go home.
SCENE 3 Anita is driving past the pool parking lot on her way to pick up her daughter.
ANITA It’s 3:50. The car is gone. I was right.
SCENE 1 Anita is home, summing up her thoughts and typing this story for a post on her blog.
ANITA’s “Conclusion” Soliloquy
I really don’t know what those kids were doing. They could have met there to ride to a school field trip together; however, it looked like a little Afternoon Delight. What do they say, “Perception is reality?” I don’t know Jason’s parents well enough to tell them, but if I did, would I? I’d have to be really close friends with them.
I wonder what I should do with this information. It’ll probably be a “planned” teachable moment for my teen girls.
I’ll talk to three good friends, too. Two of them have told me to let them know if I see their kids doing anything that might be, uh, a little sinful… or a lot sinful. I’ve told them the same; even with Pam’s warning. Gotta make sure they still feel that way; don’t want to lose good friends.
Is Pam right—that parents really “don’t” want to know?
This is a true story. The names and the description of “Crystal” have been changed to respect the privacy of all involved.
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