SUKETU LEARNS ABOUT POUTING
MANISH: Let’s go Suketu to play baseball. It is a beautiful day.
SUKETU: I am too busy to go anywhere today.
MANISH: You don’t look busy to me.
SUKETU: I am busy. I’m pouting.
MANISH: Oh, that is baby stuff. Only babies pout.
SUKETU: I’m mad at my mother. I am just going to sit here and pout until my mother gives me some money to buy the candy I want to buy. Maybe if I keep on pouting, she will change her mind.
MANISH: The dentist told your mother to make you stop eating so much candy, and she is just trying to do what the dentist asked her.
SUKETU: Oh, why don’t you be quiet? You sound just like my mother. I like to pout, it works every time I want something.
MANISH: It just seems silly to me to just sit out here and pout. You are just sitting here in the hot sun, when you could be playing baseball with me.
SUKETU: You will see. It will all be worth it. Just wait and see.
(2 Hours Later)
MANISH: Suketu, are you still pouting? It is getting hotter out here in the sun. I think you might be getting sunburned. Your face sure is red.
SUKETU: Yes I know. I have waited 2 hours for my mother to change her mind and I still have no candy.
MANISH: You did eat lunch, didn’t you? Are you hungry?
SUKETU: I was too busy pouting during lunch today. I didn’t eat a thing. I just pouted.
MANISH: You should have been at practice. The coach took us to Mickey D’s to
eat. You should have come with us. I had a veggieburger and a cookie. It was so much fun.
SUKETU: Really? Mickey D’s.
MANISH: You sure missed out on a good treat.
SUKETU: Did you get a sundae with strawberries?
MANISH: No, I didn’t.
MANISH: I just got a sundae, I don’t care too much for strawberries.
SUKETU: Big fat toads, I missed out on a good thing. Didn’t I?
MANISH: You most certainly did. All you have to show for today is a sunburned nose and a growling tummy.
SUKETU: My stomach is not growling. Do you hear it?
(Noises heard offstage)
MANISH: What on earth is that noise?
SUKETU: I am really in for it now. That’s my dad. He just got home from work and I am really in for it now, just for sitting here and pouting all day. My mom is probably telling him now.
MANISH: Well, soon you will have more than a sunburned face, a growling stomach, and a growling dad. Something else will happen real soon.
SUKETU: What on earth are you talking about, Manish?
MANISH: Soon you will be in trouble. I hope you have learned a lesson.
SUKETU: There isn’t any use in pouting. It doesn’t work.
MANISH: This must be a big lesson. Your dad is very upset. I’m hitting the road Suketu. I don’t want any part of this.
SUKETU: My dad is mad, because I have been a bad boy. After he talks to me, I’ll be sad!
(Dad’s voice off-stage)
DAD: Suketu you get yourself over here right now. I have a thing or two to talk to you about.
SUKETU: (in his mind) Why oh why, do I have to learn my lesson the hard way?
SUKETU: Listen to this advice. Pouting doesn’t pay. I am learning that now. Instead, you should always obey your parents, and obey them fast.