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Tale of the Ducks

December 7, 2007

A cautionary foray into reality theater, by Tommy
Overheard while plastering on my warpaint makeup this morning. Like all good writers, it’s clear that Tommy is writing what he knows.

Cast: Three yellow rubber duckies, one large and two small.
Scene: The bathroom floor.

Tommy picks up the large rubber duck.

Momma Duck: “I love you so much,” says Momma Duck.

Tommy picks up a small rubber duck.

Baby Duck: “Waaaa, waaaaa,” says the baby.

Boy Duck: “Please don’t cry, baby,” says the (pause) little boy duckie.

Baby Duck: Baby say, “Waaa, waaaa.”

Boy Duck: “QUIET,” screams little boy duckie.

Momma Duck: “If [you] scream at the baby, go time out,” said Momma Duck.

Baby Duck: “Waaaaa,” says the baby.

Boy Duck: “I said QUIET, baby!” said little boy duckie. “Ok, I go time out.”

Tommy moves Boy Duck to a remote corner of the room.

End Scene


10 Comments leave one →
  1. maralorelei permalink
    December 7, 2007 12:31 pm

    Oh my! Beautiful! I should record my 8 year olds little dialogue’s too, for it is amazing what these children come up with! Such imagination, and such a capacity for long-term memory! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Steve permalink
    December 7, 2007 2:28 pm

    Very Brechtian.

  3. mentaltesserae permalink
    December 8, 2007 12:03 am

    This is so funny! (Love the way you have described it like a one-act drama). Obviously the budding playwright totally gets the point of time out. My question would be if the boy duckie was better behaved after he came out of the corner.

  4. December 9, 2007 12:13 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a funny kid you have!

    On an unrelated note, I tried out the pumpkin bar recipe that you posted a bit ago and OH MAN. They were really easy, and extremely delicious. Thanks for sharing it–I’ll definitely be making them again sometime.

  5. Jen B permalink
    December 9, 2007 7:45 pm

    I love it! That is so cute! He put himself in time out! And I love how of course the mama duck talks with little boy grammar – “go time out.” Thanks for sharing!!
    love jen

  6. December 11, 2007 2:03 am

    Too funny! So go the ducks.

  7. December 20, 2007 9:08 pm

    Oh, so sweet!

  8. December 23, 2007 9:40 pm


    Hope you and all your ducks have a Merry Christmas!!!!!

  9. Jen permalink
    December 24, 2007 12:31 am

    Oh no! That was too funny. It’s so great how well they’re talking these days – you can really get a glimpse into how their minds work. I love it!

  10. Jenn M. permalink
    March 14, 2008 11:47 am

    This is too adorable! And profound in the little boy wisdom of it all. You must be so proud! Hooray for your budding playwright and his grasp of 2 very important lessons–1) you love him very much and 2) he is not allowed to scream at the baby. ; )

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