Bean Cakes: A One-Act Play

Where: The Kitchen
When: Weeknight, Dinnertime
Who: Mother (in untucked work clothes and flip flops, loose pony-tail); Her 8-year-old daughter doing homework at kitchen table


8-Year-Old: Mom? What’s for dinner?

Mom: Bean cakes.

8YO: Mo-om! What’s a bean cake? [Pause.] I’m not eating a bean cake.

[Critical juncture: Does Mom engage? It would be SO fun to engage, she thinks. Does she use logic? i.e. You love beans, you love cake! You'll love bean cakes! Mom does neither.]

Mom: Ok, you don’t have to eat them. [Blase, casual.] You know there is always something on the table that you’ll like.

8YO: [Somewhat taken aback by lack of engagement.] OK.


8YO: Do I have to eat a bean cake, Mom?

Mom: No, I said you didn’t have to. [Flipping a hot one in front of 8YO's counter-high nose.]

8YO: Maybe I’ll try a bite. But only a bite.

Mom: OK.

8YO: Fine. I will only have two whole bean cakes if I can have sour cream on them.

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Jenny Rosenstrach is a writer, editor and mom of two young girls. She writes the blog
Dinner: A Love Story

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