Second scene in Things Were Different Then
(Setting: The living room of 1950’s home. It is night outside. MOM 2 is sitting at a kitchen table finishing a paint-by-numbers painting. GIRL 2 enters.)
GIRL 2: Hey, Mom!
MOM 2: In here, Betty.
GIRL 2: Hi, Mumsy. What are you doing up so late?
MOM 2: Just waiting for you and finishing up my painting.
GIRL 2: Wow! I didn’t know a paint-by-numbers would look like that. That is really good! Cool!
MOM 2: Thank you, sweetheart. And thank you for coming home on time. Did you have fun at the Sock Hop?
GIRL 2: Oh, Mom. It was so dreamy!
MOM 2: Well, good. Did Debby’s mother bring you home?
GIRL 2: Yeah.
MOM 2: Did someone ask you to dance this time?
GIRL 2: Yeah.
MOM 2: That’s good. You see, all those cotillion lessons finally paid off! Well, we better go to bed. We’ve got a busy day tomorrow. We’ve got to go to Sears and find you a dress for Easter, and then you have your Girl Scout meeting. And then, after that, I’m going to Canasta. Good night, sweetheart.
GIRL 2: Mom, I need to tell you something.
MOM 2: What dear? Is something wrong? What happened tonight? Was Debby a little snot to you again?
GIRL 2: No, Mom. Debby was fine.
MOM 2: What’s wrong then?
GIRL 2: Oh, Mom, Jimmy Prohaska asked me to go to the movies with him next Friday night. Isn’t that just too much?!
MOM 2: Yes, it seems like too much to me.
GIRL 2: Oh, Mom, he is soooo dreamy. I can hardly wait! Can I get a new dress? When I was in Penneys the other day, I saw the dreamiest light blue sundress with big yellow flowers all over it! Can we go look at it, Mom?
MOM 2: A sundress! But it’s March! It’s too cold to wear a sundress.
GIRL 2: Oh, it is not.
MOM 2: It is, too. Now just a minute. Who is this Jimmy Prohaska? Is his dad Prohaska Insurance? Who is his mother? Do I know her?
GIRL 2: Oh, Mom, I don’t know if you know her or not!
MOM 2: What church do they go to? Are they Catholic? Prohaska sounds Catholic. Who are you going with?
GIRL 2: Nobody. Just Jimmy and me. Jimmy has a car.
MOM 2: Oh, great. You want to go on a car date alone with this boy? Where are you going?
GIRL 2: Just to the movies.
MOM 2: What’s the movie? What’s playing down at the Star Theater? What time is the show? (The names of these theaters can be changed to better suit producing theater’s location.)
GIRL 2: Mom, we’re not going to the Star. We’re going to the Texas. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE is showing. With James Dean.
MOM 2: The Texas is a drive-in! You can’t go to the drive-in! And I don’t know if I allow you to see a movie about a rebel! Isn’t James Dean a rebellious teenager or something?
GIRL 2: Mom!
MOM 2: Oh, this isn’t going to make your Daddy very happy!
GIRL 2: Daddy’s overprotective! Will you tell him for me, Mom? Please? He won’t let me go if I talk to him. Please.
MOM 2: I know he thinks sixteen is too young to go on a car date. And I think I agree with him.
GIRL 2: Oh, Mom, please. You were sixteen when Daddy was your boyfriend. You told me you wrote him during the war. And he was a lot older than you. At least Jimmy is only one year older than me.
MOM 2: Yes, but . . . things were different then.
GIRL 2: How? Why were they different?
MOM 2: Oh, I don’t know. They were just different!