Michael's phone is ringing and
vibrating in his pocket.
"Hi honey, is the play starting yet?"
not yet, Cari. We are all still waiting for the show to start." Michael
is sitting in the third row, waiting to see their son Joe in his very
first play. "What are you doing? Are you leaving yet?"
"I am finishing up some work and then yes."
"Okay, as long as you are hurrying. … Oh, they are pulling up the
curtain right now. The show is starting."
"Oh good. I am listening. I am keeping you on speaker phone."
Michael is whispering into the phone now. "Cari, only two actors are
walking onto the stage. Joe is not joining them yet."
I am waiting. I am trying to be patient." Cari is laughing into the
phone. After a few minutes, she is getting impatient. "What is taking
"Shhh! We are trying to be quiet, silly! Good job being patient. His
part is coming up soon."
"Okay." She is sighing.
"Oh! Here he is coming! Are you hearing this? He is doing a great job!
He is remembering his lines. He is really enjoying this!"
"Shhh! I am trying to hear him, not you!"
sorry. I am just trying to keep you updated. Oh, wow, he is doing
something amazing. Oh wow! He is …" An usher is walking down the aisle
toward Michael. The usher is holding a finger up to his lips.
"Uh honey, an usher is shushing me. I am getting into trouble. I am
hanging up now."
What is he doing? Something amazing is happening? What is happening?"
No noise is coming from her phone now. She is getting very upset, but
at least her son is amazing at something!