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Basking

Scenes from a Marriage: Vol. 17

by Mark Valentine


THE SCENE: The Valentine living room. The girls – Casey, and Mary Meg, are home from college for Christmas break. They, along with Mark and Maggie are sitting in the living room. Mark and Maggie’s son David is missing.
 
MARK: Where’s Dave?
 
CASEY: In his room.
 
MARK: (loudly, so that Dave can hear) HEY DAVE, COME OUT HERE.
 
DAVE: (from behind his bedroom door) WHY?
 
MARK: WE’RE BASKING!
 
DAVE: DO I HAVE TO?
 
MARK: YES.
 
Dave comes in and sits on the couch next to Maggie. Mark re-directs him.
 
MARK: No, we have to assume our basking positions. Dave, you sit there. Mary Meg and Casey on the couch.
 
MAGGIE: I’m not moving.
 
MARK: You’re good where you’re at. Mary Meg and Casey, scooch a little closer together. That’s what I’m talking about. Do you know who we are?
 
CASEY: Hounds of the Baskerevilles?
 
MARY MEG: Baskin Robbins?
 
MARK: Absolutely. If we were an Edgar Allan Poe story we would be…
 
MAGGIE: The Pit and the Pendulum?
 
MARK: I don’t think you understand how this game is played. Dave, tell her the correct answer.
 
DAVE: The Bask of Amontillado.
 
MARK: (to Maggie) How did you not get that? It was easy.
 
CASEY: It’s cold in here.
 
MARK: Perfect for basking. That’s what the blankets are for. Plus, I put a fire in the fireplace.
 
CASEY: I’m still freezing.
 
MARK: If you were a vice president who would you be?
 
CASEY: Aaron Brrr.
 
MARK: (looking at Maggie) There – see how it’s done? Now if she were a poet she would be…
 
MARY MEG: Robert Frost.
 
DAVE: Samuel Taylor COLDridge.
 
MARK: Let mom try.
 
MAGGIE: Emily Dickinson.
 
MARK: Wow. You are really bad at this.
 
MAGGIE: Well, I don’t spend all my free time making up idiotic puns.
 
MARK: ah-ah-ah. First rule of basking – no calling your husband an idiot.
 
MAGGIE: I didn’t call you an idiot. I simply said that the things that come out of your mouth are idiotic.
 
Maggie hands out blankets to everyone
 
MARK: OK, everyone’s in their places, let the basking commence!
 
MARY MEG: What do we do?
 
MARK: We bask.
 
MARY MEG: Bask?
 
MARK: Yes, we bask in the glow.
 
MARY MEG: Of?
 
MARK: Christmas. And each other – what part of this don’t you get? The whole family is together. The tree is up. These are perfect basking conditions.
 
CASEY: So, we just sit here?
 
MARK: We can talk.
 
CASEY: About?
 
MARK: Stuff. What’s happening in the world of young people these days?
 
CASEY: That’s a pretty broad topic, Dad. Can you narrow it down a bit?
 
MARK: OK, who are the big music acts these days? Mary Meg –who’s on that poster you have in your room?
 
MARY MEG: That’s Chance the Rapper. He’s from Chicago.
 
MARK: I take it he’s a rapper.
 
MARY MEG: Amazing how you figured that out.
 
MARK: It was nice of him to choose a name that spelled that out for me. You know, so I didn’t accidentally buy his album thinking it was real music.
 
MARY MEG: First of all, rap is real music. Secondly, there are no more albums.
 
MARK: I’m sorry, CDs.
 
MARY MEG: Nope, they’re obsolete too.
 
MARK: Hard to keep up with the changes. Well, I still have albums and CDs. I particularly like the ones by Tony Bennett the Singer.
 
MARY MEG: Don’t you have any music more modern than that?
 
MARK: They stopped making music in the seventies.
 
MARY MEG: Why is that?
 
MARK: Things got too chaotic. It was a very violent decade.
 
MARY MEG: I thought the sixties were the violent decade.
 
MARK: The seventies too. Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting
 
CASEY: Wow, that must have been frightening.
 
MARK: A little bit.
 
MAGGIE: By the way, speaking of frightening, I meant to tell you, I saw a mouse on the back porch this morning.
 
MARK: I’ll get some more glue traps tomorrow.
 
CASEY: Eeww – those things are inhumane!
 
MARK: Well, fortunately we’re not using them on humans. Hey, did Dave and I tell you about our new idea for a better mouse trap?
 
MAGGIE: Please don’t.
 
DAVE: Get this, it’s like a roach motel, but it’s gigantic – holds over a hundred mice.
 
MARK: Yeah and it works with gas, so it’s less cruel and quieter.
 
DAVE: The best part is the name. Guess what it’s called?
 
MAGGIE: Don’t even tell me it’s Mouseschwitz.
 
MARK: No, of course not.
 
MAGGIE: You were going to call it Mouseschwitz, weren't you? You can't do that. We’ve talked about the whole Nazi thing being off limits for jokes right?
 
MARK: Mel Brooks did it.
 
MAGGIE: You’re not Mel Brooks. Let’s watch TV.
 
MARK: OK, but it has to be something Christmassy.
 
MARY MEG: That’s all that’s on this time of year.
 
Maggie flips through the channels, stopping on a station airing “The Wizard of Oz”.
 
MARK: Not Christmassy enough.

Maggie's about to flip channels when Dave spots munchkins in military uniforms with weapons.
 
DAVE: Wait, I never noticed that before, the Munchkins had a standing army?
 
CASEY: I never noticed that either.
 
DAVE: And they were afraid of a little girl?
 
MARY MEG: Well, in their defense, they thought she might be a witch.
 
DAVE: Still, they’re soldiers.
 
MARY MEG: Yeah, but the Wicked Witch of the West had those flying monkeys.
 
DAVE: THEY HAD GUNS!
 
MARK: You know, this movie was made in 1939. Right after it was over, the munchkins enlisted in the French army. The rest is history.
 
MAGGIE: You’re getting close to Nazi territory again.
 
MARK: I can’t make fun of the French army? John Cleese does it.
 
MAGGIE: You’re not John Cleese.
 
MARK: I can’t be Mel Brooks or John Cleese? You’re hemming me in pretty tight here. If you were a Canadian Island, you know what you would be?
 
MAGGIE: Wait, don’t tell me. I can get this one.
 
CASEY: Ooh, ooh, I know!
 
MARK: No, let mom do this one by herself. No hints.
 
MAGGIE: I got it! Nofunland!
 
All the children get up and high-five Maggie.
 
MAGGIE: Give me another one.
 
MARK: OK – this one mentions World War II, but there are no Nazis, OK?
 
MAGGIE: I guess so.
 
MARK: If you were a piece of World War II grafitti, what would you say?
 
MAGGIE: Killjoy was here.
 
MARK: Two in a row! By George, I think she’s got it!
 
MAGGIE: I’m not sure I like this game.
 
MARK: Why not? It’s fun.
 
MAGGIE: It’s fun for you, but everyone is laughing at me.
 
MARK: No, we’re not laughing AT you, we’re laughing… OK, we are laughing at you, but isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
 
MAGGIE: Not even close.
 
MARY MEG: Hey, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is on.
 
CASEY: We’ve already watched that three time since we’ve been home.
 
MARK: Yeah, but it’s a great movie with a timeless message.
 
MARY MEG: And, what is that?
 
CASEY: That no matter how bad you think you have it, it could always be worse. You could grow up to be an unmarried librarian.
 
MARY MEG: The horror!
 
MAGGIE: Shh – it’s starting.
 
They turn their attention to the movie. It is the opening scene, where the angels converse:

SENIOR ANGEL: Hello Joseph, trouble?
JOSEPH: Looks like we'll have to send someone down. There are a lot of people asking for help for a man named George Bailey.
SENIOR ANGEL: George Bailey? Yes! Tonight's his crucial night. You're right. We'll have to send someone down immediately. Whose turn is it?
JOSEPH: That's why I came to see you, sir. It's that clock maker's turn again.
SENIOR ANGEL: [chuckles] Oh, Clarence. Hasn't gotten his wings yet, has he?
JOSEPH: We passed him up right along. Because, you know sir, he's got the IQ of a rabbit.
SENIOR ANGEL: Yes, but he's got the faith of a child. Simple. Joseph, send for Clarence.
 
 
DAVE: Why does he need faith? He’s a freakin’ angel! He literally died and went to heaven, and he’s still not sure about the whole God thing?
 
MAGGIE: Are you guys gonna talk through the whole movie?
 
DAVE: Probably.
 
Mark gets up to make some popcorn, talking to himself as he goes.
 
MARK: That’s what I’m talking about - we’re basking baby. We’re basking.

 


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The girls were home from college for Christmas break. Casey is 21, Mary Meg is 19, and David is 17. Maggie is 56 (but looks much younger). I am 57 and declining rapidly.
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