Follow Dad’s Instructions
(Susanna comes on stage with a deck of cards, kneels down at the table on stage and starts to build a house of cards. She isn’t having any success when Nick comes on and watches her.)
Nick You’re doing that wrong.
Susanna Don’t you have something else to do, like booby trapping my room, or picking on Knuckles McFeeny, the neighborhood bully. (As they talk she keeps trying and failing to get the cards to stand.)
Nick No, I’m taking a break. (Pauses as he watches her) You’re doing it wrong again.
Susanna (Frustrated.) You can leave now.
Nick I’d rather stay here and watch you. You know, building a house of cards isn’t easy. Especially the way you do it.
Susanna Oh? So now you’re Mr. House of Cards Builder? What makes you so smart?
Nick I’m not smart. Well, I am, but the reason I just know how to do build a house of cards is that Dad showed me how. When I follow his directions, I can get started on a pretty cool house.
Susanna (Tries again and fails.) Uuuggghhh! Why don’t you find someone else to bother?
Nick There’s no one else home to bother. However, if you let me stick around, I can show you how to make a card house by following Dad’s instructions. How about it?
Susanna Okay, Mr. Know it all. Tell me how to do it.
Nick Great! First we should find a better table to work at. You want to make sure it won’t shake if you happen to bump into it a little. There’s a good one in our nice cool basement in Dad’s workshop. Let’s go.
Susanna And you can do this?
Nick Sure all we have to do is follow Dad’s instructions and you will have success every time. Come on. I’ll show you. (Exit with cards.)