SCENE 1, INTERIOR. NOON, CLASSROOM. The class has gone to lunch and the teacher is sitting alone in the classroom eating from a box of Sundried Tomato and Basil Wheat Thins. After a few minutes, the door opens and one of his students walks in. The boy pauses by the door and then moves over to the table where the teacher is sitting; he doesn’t say anything for a few seconds.
JOEY: Hey, Mr. Z.
TEACHER: Hi, Joey…what brings you back to my world?
JOEY: It’s cold outside so I thought I’d come back in and visit you.
TEACHER: You know, a better answer would have been, ‘I just missed you, Mr. Z and I wanted to see you again. Also, it’s cold outside.’
[The boy looks thoughtful for a second].
JOEY: Mr. Z, I just missed you and wanted to see you again. Also, it’s cold outside.
TEACHER: Oh, that’s nice.
[The boy is silent for a few seconds].
JOEY: I’m gonna miss you, Mr. Z.
TEACHER: Miss me?
JOEY: Yeah…I just want to stay in your class. [Pause]. Hey, maybe you could follow me to sixth grade, then seventh, then eighth, and then on to high school and college. You could be my teacher every single year.
TEACHER: I’m pretty sure you'd get sick of me, Joey. You'd also get tired of the way I teach after a while.
[The boy adamantly shakes his head].
JOEY: I'd never get sick of you, Mr. Z.
TEACHER: Sure you would, Joey, it’s all about diminishing return. Remember when we learned about that during our Market Day presentation?
JOEY: You mean when John kept eating all those pretzels and then wanted water instead of more of them?
JOEY: Not me, I'd just keep wanting more.
TEACHER: Well, then you'll need to keep visiting me here at school then, because I can’t be visiting you…that would just be creepy.
JOEY: Mr. Z?
JOEY: Could I have a few of your Wheat Thins?
[The teacher offers up the box and the boy takes a few of them; he silently munches in the ensuing silence].
JOEY: Do you think that I could I just hang out with you again sometime?
TEACHER: As many times as you want to, Joey, and for as many years...
[Fade to black].