©2008 Mike Competillo
(Spike and Butch enter together, then Buddy, then Martha Jones and mom)
Spike: Okay mom. I'll take out the garbage in just a minute
Butch: Boy oh boy. I hate when they're always tellin' ya what to do.
Spike: Yeah, do this, do that...
Butch: I’d better let you go. Next thing you know they'll be telling you to clean your room.
Spike: Shhhh don't be puttin' any thoughts in their head.
Martha Jones: (offstage) Spike!
Butch: Be seein' ya later, Spike.
Spike: Yeah Butch, I'll see ya later. (He exits)
Buddy: (enters) Hi Butch.
Butch: Hi Buddy Barrel.
Buddy: Did I just hear Spike?
Butch: Yeah Buddy, he had to go home to do a few chores.
Buddy: I see. So Butch, what have you been up to?
Butch: Oh nothing... just been feelin' a little... out of place.
Buddy: What do you mean by that?
Butch: Well, I don't know.
Buddy: You mean you're not sure?
Butch: No, I mean, I just feel a little funny talking about it.
Buddy: Well, that's okay, Butch.
Butch: Well no, Buddy. I can talk to you. It's just that sometimes it seems like parents are always telling us kids 'no' to things.
Buddy: Like What?
Butch: Well, like going trick or treating. They say we're going to church that night instead.
Buddy: Oh Butch, there's going to be lots of kids here and a movie and lots of candy too.
Butch: I know. Sometimes I just feel a little funny about it. You see, all the kids at school get dressed up and go out begging for candy.
Buddy: I see. Can you think of any good reasons why your parents don't want you to do that?
Butch: I don't know.
Buddy: Did you ever think they may not trust strangers out there about what they might give you?
Butch: Ah... no.
Buddy: Did you ever think that they are concerned for your own safety?
Butch: Um... no.
Buddy: Did you ever think about how playing tricks on people who don't give you something is not a very Christian thing to do?
Butch: I guess you're right, Buddy. I guess I just really didn't think about those things very much.
Buddy: I'd say it sounds like your parents care about you and love you a lot to be so concerned for you.
Butch: You know, Buddy. You're right!
Buddy: Why thank you. Say, why don't you try to remember to show your parents how much you love and appreciate them.
Butch: How would I do that?
(Offstage) Mom: Hey Butch!
Butch: Yes mom?
Mom: (enters) Could you please walk down to the corner store and get something for me?
Butch: (opens his mouth, pauses, looks at Buddy and realizes what Buddy said)
Buddy: (tips his head a little)
Butch: Ah, okay mom. Just let me go home first to bring my buddy barrel with me in case I find someone who has some spare change to help the missionaries.
Butch: Thanks Buddy.
Buddy: That's more like it!
Butch: See ya! (Exits)
Buddy: Bye Butch! Boys and girls remember your barrels next week and have a nice day! (Exits)