Charlie: Open mouth. Insert “Chill Pill.”
Cassie: Very funny and very fresh.
Charlie: You need to be reminded to chill before we step foot on the playground.
Cassie: I’ve had bad experiences on the playground. Someone always gets hurt.
Charlie: That was Max…once…a long time ago. You should be over that by now.
Cassie: The memories still linger.
Charlie: Of when he broke his wrist and it was in the shape of a “C?”
Cassie: Exactly. Thanks for the image.
Charlie: And Helen had to tell you to get a grip because you were so freaked when you saw his bones all twisted?
Charlie: And you were pregnant with me?
Cassie: Yes. You were there…within the drama of it all….in a way. Typical you.
Charlie: Pffft. Well, that was then. This is now. I’m like an agile monkey climbing on these things. Watch and learn how it’s done.
Cassie: YOU got a concussion once.
Charlie: A MILD concussion and that was in gym class….NOT on the playground. It wasn’t my fault, anyway. I tripped on someone’s foot.
Cassie: It’s never anyone’s fault. It’s usually an accident.
Charlie: You can’t control everything all the time, you know that Mom? You can’t be a control freak.
Cassie: I know it, but I can’t help it. A lot of Moms I know are controlling. Some of my best friends….
Cassie: Moms everywhere are anxious about their kids getting hurt. It’s the “Universal Mom Angst.”
Charlie: I’m bound to get hurt again one of these days. That’s life.
Cassie: I know it. I fear for that day. I really do, Charlie.
Charlie: You’ve got to get a grip. Like Helen said that time with Max. It’s no way to live.
Cassie: I know, but it’s how a lot of mothers live.
Charlie: I’m so glad I’m a boy, like, really glad.
Cassie: Some fathers are nervous about accidents and injuries too.
Charlie: Not really. For instance, coming to the playground with Dad is a totally different experience. We just risk it…and Dad lets us. It’s more fun.
Cassie: (sighing) I don’t think I can be that way at a playground. Sorry.
Charlie: (sighing too) It’s okay. You are who you are, Mom. You are who you are.