Little Henry rushed home from school one day, opened the freezer and was in the process of scooping out some cherry vanilla ice cream when his mother walked into the kitchen.
She said to him, “Put that away Henry! You can’t have ice cream now. It’s too close to supper time. Go outside and play”.
Henry whimpered to his mother, put on a sad puppy face and said, “But Mom, there’s no one to play with”.
Trying to placate him, his mother said, “Ok Henry, I’ll play with you. What do you want to play?”
Henry replied, “I wanna play Mommy and Daddy”.
Trying not to register her surprise and to further appease him, his Mother said, “Fine, I’ll play. What do I do?”
Henry said, “You go up to the bedroom and lie down.”
Figuring that she could easily control the situation, Henry’s mother went upstairs and lay down on the bed.
Henry, feeling a bit cocky, swaggered down the hall and opened the utility closet and he put on his father’s old fishing hat.
As he started to make his way up the stairs, he noticed a cigarette butt in the ashtray on the end table. He picked it up and slipped it in the corner of his mouth.
At the top of the stairs he walked to the bedroom doorway.
His mother raised her head up up off the pillow and said, “Well, what do I do now?”
In a gruff manner, Henry said, “Get your butt downstairs and get that kid some ice cream!”
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