A Nostalgic Good Night


Erin: Mary Ellen’s going to set the house on fire.

Jason: Come on, Ben. Mary Ellen’s started a fire!

Ben: Coming, Jason.

Erin: She’s reading in bed by candlelight.

Elizabeth: Keeping everyone awake.

Olivia: What’s going on in there?

Mary Ellen: It’s alright Mama. I’m reading the Bible.

Ben: She is not, Mama. She’s reading Secrets of the Silver Screen.

Mary Ellen: Tattletale! Mama, the boys are over in our room teasing us.

John: Allright everybody: Back to your own rooms and settle down.

Erin: Goodnight, Daddy.

John: Goodnight, Erin. ‘Night, Mary Ellen.

Mary Ellen: Goodnight, Daddy. Goodnight, Mama.

Olivia: Goodnight, Mary Ellen. Goodnight, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth: Goodnight, Mama. Goodnight, Jason.

Jason: Goodnight, Elizabeth. Goodnight, everybody.

Mark Dylan: G’Night, Friends of the Sandbox! May your dreams take you where you want to go. And, in the morning, may you remember where you went. And simmer down, Mary Ellen. You’re annoying me. By the way, that is my issue of Secrets of the Silver Screen. Now where’s that  naughty tease, Jason?

(Image: “A Little Night Music” by Dorothea Tanning, 1946.)


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