RAM LEARNS TO TAKE
RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS OWN ACTIONS
MOTHER: (Offstage voice) Ram! Where did you go young man? I want
to talk to you right now!
RAM: Boy, I bet I am in a big trouble. I ate a big piece of that
chocolate cake. I
just couldn't help it.
MOTHER: (Offstage voice) Ram, where are you?
RAM: I am over here, mom.
MOTHER: I baked a nice big chocolate cake to take to the Jain
Center today, and now it's a mess.
RAM: What Mom?
MOTHER: Someone cut it in two pieces and ate a large piece of it.
pocked their fingers in it and drew a smiley face on it.
RAM: Mother, that is awful. Anyone that is irresponsible would be
in a lot of trouble.
MOTHER: You don't know who did it?
RAM: I bet Tejal did it. She had chocolate all over her face and
on her dress, too.
MOTHER: It sure sounds familiar. I am going to find her and ask
her about it.
RAM: All that cake would make her sick. Maybe she gained seven
pounds in one day.
MOTHER: I can always count on you. You are a real good boy. I
don't know when she will be more mature like you.
RAM: My mother always believes me. So, I will just let her think
that Tejal did it and I won't be in trouble. I will start blaming
Tejal for everything. I wish I had another piece of that big
delicious chocolate cake. The Jain Center won't miss that cake. They
will have other cakes. Here comes Tejal, the little stringy, green
bean. This is going to be a real joke. Come over here, Tejal.
TEJAL: (Sobbing) Ram, I just got into trouble for eating the
RAM: Well, that serves you right. You needed to be talked to.
TEJAL: (Still sobbing) But I didn't eat the chocolate cake.
RAM: That's no big deal. A little talk never hurts anyone.
TEJAL: (Sniff) Mom said that dad will also talk to me once he
RAM: Really? Do you mean that?
TEJAL: (Sobbing) I was supposed to go to Bina's birthday party
after school, but
now I am grounded.
RAM: You got grounded for one piece of cake?
TEJAL: And that's not all. Mom said that I can't go to the Girl
Scout camp either. I already have my sleeping bag ready for that. I
was going to earn a badge.
RAM: I have an idea! Let's blame your dog. I bet he ate the cake.
TEJAL: The dog can't cut the cake with a knife and what's more
ridiculous my dog can't draw a smiley face.
RAM: What makes mom think you did it?
TEJAL: She told me, a little birdie told her about it. That bird
didn't tell the truth, and that makes things worse. Dad will be
coming home soon.
RAM: Boy! Boy! Do I feel bad.
TEJAL: I feel worse. Who do you think ate the cake?
RAM: Maybe, Grandpa ate it.
TEJAL: He is not in town. So, how could he have done it?
RAM: I can't figure it out. (He hangs his head and talking to
TEJAL: What are you doing? What are you saying?
RAM: I bet being grounded really hurts you.
TEJAL: Ram, you pray for me to get through this. I hear dad
RAM: What do you want me to pray for?
TEJAL: You can pray that dad can't find me and pray for people
who don't tell
RAM: (In his mind) I feel awful. I feel so sorry for Tejal. I
don't want Tejal to get into anymore trouble for my actions. I am
responsible for my own actions.
Hey, Tejal, wait for me. There's is something I need to tell mom
and dad. I am the one who ate the cake and made the smiley face in
the middle of it. Don't be mad. I will never blame others for the
things I do. Wait, Tejal, wait for me. I will tell dad what I did.