Little Henry rushes home from school, opens the freezer and is in the process of scooping out some cherry vanilla ice cream when his mother enters the kitchen.
She says, “Put that away Henry! You can’t have ice cream now. It’s too close to supper time. Go outside and play.”
Henry whimpers to his mother and says, “But there’s no one to play with”.
Trying to placate him, his mother says, “OK Henry, I’ll play with you. What do you want to play?”
Henry says, “I wanna play Mommy and Daddy”.
Trying not to register surprise, and to further appease him, she says, “Fine, I’ll play. What do I do?”
Henry says, “You go up to the bedroom and lie down.”
Figuring that she can easily control the situation, Henry’s mother goes upstairs and lies down on the bed.
Henry, feeling a bit cocky, swaggers down the hall and opens the utility closet. He dons his father’s old fishing hat. As he starts up the stairs he notices a cigarette butt in the ashtray on the end table. He picks it up and slips it in the corner of his mouth. At the top of the stairs he moves to the bedroom doorway.
His mother raises her head up and says, “What do I do now?”
In a gruff manner, Henry says, “Get your butt downstairs and get that kid some ice cream!”
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