Scene: in the car with the 4-year-old, driving to pick up the 6-year-old
GRAHAM: Mommy, I’ve never seen you cry before.
CHERIS: Oh, everyone cries sometimes. I just cried a little on the way to pick you up because I heard a sad song on the radio.
G: Why was it sad?
C: It was about two people who loved each other but couldn’t stay together.
G: Why couldn’t they stay together?
C: They weren’t good for each other.
G: Why weren’t they good for each other?
C: They were selfish and didn’t treat each other nicely. So they weren’t happy together.
G: Why didn’t they treat each other nicely?
C: Ummm… maybe their parents didn’t teach them how.
G: Why didn’t their parents teach them how?
C: Maybe they didn’t know how to do it.
G: Why didn’t they know how to do it?
C: Probably because their parents didn’t know how to do it.
G: Why didn’t their parents know how to do it?
C: (sigh) Society.
G: What’s society?
C: Um… all the people, and how they behave together.
G: (quietly) Mommy? Will you teach me how to do that?
G: Umm… how to be… uhh… so I can…ummm… I don’t know how to say it…
C: You want to know how to treat people nicely? So you won’t be sad like in the song?