Friday, July 24, 2009

Moments with Joey – Owies

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SCENE 1, INTERIOR. LATE AFTERNOON, FIFTH GRADE CLASSROOM. The teacher is dismissing the class for the day. As the students file out they attempt to give him a ‘high five.’ This is made more challenging as the teacher is standing on a chair and his hand is approximately eight feet from the floor. The students attempt to slap his hand; if unsuccessful, the teacher provides a lower ‘high five’ for them. In a few moments, all students have left the room—save one.

JOEY: Mr. Z?

TEACHER: What’s up, Joey?

JOEY: I have an owie.

TEACHER: An owie?

[The teacher
looks at the boy's finger but cannot see anything wrong with it.]

TEACHER: Do you need a band-aid?

[The boy shakes his head].

TEACHER: Well, what do you want me to do, kiss it better?


JOEY: Will it help?

TEACHER: Probably not.

[The boy holds his finger with his other hand].

JOEY: What would you do to make it better if it were you?

TEACHER: If it hurts I’d run cold water over it.

[The teacher motions to the drinking fountain at the back of the classroom].

JOEY: Could I have some ice instead?

TEACHER: You'd have to go to the office for ice, Joey.

JOEY: Don't you have any?

[The teacher glances around the room, it is obvious that he does not have any ice with him, yet the boy still stands there expectantly.].

TEACHER: Sure, here…just let me reach into my heart and get you a piece.

[The teacher pantomimes taking a piece of ice from his chest and extends his empty hand to the student who stares at the empty palm for several seconds. After a silent beat, the boy reaches out and takes the piece of invisible ‘ice.’].

JOEY: So that’s where you keep it…

TEACHER: It’s gotta be someplace it’s not gonna melt…

JOEY: Good choice, Mr. Z. [The boy pretends to put the ice on his finger and sighs long and deep]. Ah, now that’s better…

Fade to black.



Thanks for this post. I'm actually writing a post on the subject of 'owies' and what makes us feel better. You really are a great writer.

Ratty said...

I think I'm like joey. I'm not sure what to make of the teacher.Maybe he's trying to teach Joey to be able to do certain things for himself.

A Lark said...

Ha ha. Just the fact that the teacher IS a teacher means that the ice would never survive in such a place...

Anonymous said...

I'm not buying for one second that this teacher has a heart of ice ;)

Teachinfourth said...

S - He is a funny kid...

R - Thanks for stopping by; as for the teacher, you'd have to know the relationship between he and Joey to truly understand. I'd recommend clicking on the "Moments with Joey" tag to get a fuller picture...

J - So, his heart is in a place that will never freeze over?

L - Well, rumor has it...

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