Jeff - son
Kara - daughter
Dad: (with arm around son) Look at all those stars, son. Arenít they spectacular?
Jeff: (lifts headset to hear) Did you say something, Dad?
Dad: I said that sky is really something, isnít it?
Jeff: Yeah. (Paying no attention to Dad. Fiddles with headset.) Hey, Dad, where are the extra batteries you bought?
Dad: Theyíre in that box over by the grill.
Jeff: Thanks. These batteries must be no good. I canít get anything but country music. (Goes to look for batteries.)
Mom: Honey, would you please fire up the generator? I want to use the microwave.
Dad: You brought the microwave?
Mom: Of course. How else could I make popcorn?
Dad: Iíll start it in a minute. First, come here though and look at this sky with me. Isnít it wonderful? (Arm around Mom)
Mom: Yes, itís beautiful.
Kara: (Comes onstage with towel on head) Dad, I washed my hair, now Iíve gotta use the hair dryer. Where do I plug it in?
Dad: Just go back down to the showers. Theyíve got outlets in there.
Kara: Ew! I donít want to dry my clean hair in there!
Dad: Why not?
Kara: Because there are bugs flying around the lights in there.
Kara: So one of them might get into my hair!
Dad: What do you want me to do about it?
Kara: Start the generator so I can dry my hair out here.
Mom: Oh no, Kara. Iím going to make popcorn as soon as Dad starts the generator.
Kara: But Mom!!! (Whines) My hair will be too dry and itíll stick out funny.
Mom: Youíre only going to bed.
Kara: But itíll still look funny in the morning!
Jeff: (Lifts headset to hear) What else is new?
Kara: So? Your hair looks funny all the time.
Mom: O.K., O.K. Stop the bickering.
Dad: The generator is running. Youíll have to fight over who gets to use it first.
Mom: Go ahead, Kara. But make it fast.
Kara: Thanks, Mom.
Dad: I hate to admit it, Jean, but your brother was right.
Mom: What was he right about?
Dad: He said camping is good for the family. He said it draws them closer to each other and to nature.
Mom: Well, I hope Kara and Jeff donít get too much closer. Sparks seem to fly when they do.
Dad: I suppose I should think about starting a campfire.
Mom: O.K. Iíd help you but Iím doing my nails.
Dad: I can do it. The woodís right here.
Kara: You can make your popcorn now, Mom.
Mom: Thank you, Kara. I will after I finish my nails.
Kara: Hey, Dad, do you know where the cards are?
Dad: Theyíre in the box with the towels. Do you want to play a family game?
Kara: Nah. Tammy showed me a new solitaire game. I want to try it.
Dad: Maybe tomorrow we could play a family game.
Dad: Hey, Jeff, could you get some of the old newspapers to wad up for the fire?
(Jeff doesnít answer because heís still trying to find a non-country station & ďcanít hear DadĒ. Jeff walks offstage.)
Mom: Iíd get them but Ö
Dad: I know, youíre doing your nails. Iíll get them. (Fixes fire and pretends to light it)
Mom: Tomorrow maybe we could find a drug store.
Dad: Why? What do you need?
Mom: Nail polish remover.
Dad: Why would you want to take it off? You just put it on.
Mom: Not for my fingers, for my toes. They need to be redone.
(Dad stands over fire as if warming hands.)
Dad: There. That should really get going any minute now. Iíll tell you, family, thereís nothing like being in the great outdoors to bring a family together.
Kara: Uh, huh. (Shuffles cards & blows bubble gum)
Jeff: (Comes onstage carrying a small TV) Mom, are you done using the generator?
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