Sunday, January 26, 2014
Christine's Dilemma (Photostory)
Christine's friend Yue Sai has left and Christine is back on the phone.
"I don't think my mom is going to let me go. She's going to say it's a date. (pause) Okay. Okay. I will ask her when she gets home from work. I'll let you know tomorrow. (pause) Meet me in the lobby before first period. (pause) Okay, see you tomorrow." (Christine)
She hangs up the phone and starts plotting. Her friend, Jeremiah, wants her to go to the movies with him. Christine needs to figure out how to get her mom to say yes. Just then, the cell phone rings, again.
Christine opens the phone and sees it's her father.
"Hi, Daddy. (pause) Just lying here on my bed. (pause) This weekend? Cool! I need all the lessons I can get." (Christine)
A few more minutes on the phone with her dad, and another call comes through. It's her friend, Carla.
"Dad, I got to go. I'll see you this weekend." (Christine)
"Hey Carla. What's up?" (Christine)
She gets so engrossed in her conversation, that she doesn't hear her mom enter her room.
"Ooops. I got to go. Talk to you later." (Christine)
"Hi, Mommy. How was your day?" (Christine)
"Horrible. Did you finish all of your homework?" (Cassandra)
"Yes. Me and Yue Sai knocked it out pretty quickly." (Christine)
"Well that's good to hear. When are your finals?" (Cassandra)
"Not until next Thursday and Friday." (Christine)
"By the way, Daddy called. He's going to take me driving this weekend." (Christine)
"Well I'm glad to hear that. My car can use a break." (Cassandra)
"Oh, Mom, I'm not that bad of a driver." (Christine)
"Oh yeah, and Jeremiah called to see if I could go to the movies on Friday. I told him I would check with you." (Christine)
"Well you don't need to check with me because you already know the answer. You are 15 and dating starts at 16." (Cassandra)
"But Mommy, it's not a date. It's just going to the movies." (Christine)
"Sounds like a date to me." (Cassandra)
"It's not a date unless there is food." (Christine)
Cassandra chuckles and stands up.
"Look dear, I've had a really tough day, and I don't have the energy to deal with this right now. We have rules for a reason." (Cassandra)
"Will you at least think about it?" (Christine)
"I'll think about it, but there's very little chance of me changing my mind." (Cassandra)
Cassandra turns to leave. Christine plops donw on her bed deflated.
Her fear is that Jeremiah will lose interest in her and move on to a girl that can hang out with him after school. She considers asking her dad to talk to her mom, but when it comes to boys he's even more strict than her mom.