The perils of precocious children

A breakfast play, in one act (draft only): MOTHER: Sam, what would you like for breakfast? SAM (6 years old): Waffles!! MOTHER: Sam, I’m afraid we’re out of waffles. What else would you like to eat? SAM: I don’t want anythiing else. I want waffles!! MOTHER: Sam, you’re just going to have to adapt. SAM: ...

By , a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast.

A breakfast play, in one act (draft only): MOTHER: Sam, what would you like for breakfast? SAM (6 years old): Waffles!! MOTHER: Sam, I'm afraid we're out of waffles. What else would you like to eat? SAM: I don't want anythiing else. I want waffles!! MOTHER: Sam, you're just going to have to adapt. SAM: No, I do not have to adapt!! MOTHER: Sam, if you don't adapt, you're going to go the way of the dinosaurs. SAM: That's not true!! The dinosaurs are extinct because an asteroid hit the Earth!! Adapting didn't have anything to do with it. MOTHER (in stage whisper to father): S**t!! AUTHOR'S NOTE: Use cereal bars as deus ex machina to end play if necessary.

A breakfast play, in one act (draft only):

MOTHER: Sam, what would you like for breakfast? SAM (6 years old): Waffles!! MOTHER: Sam, I’m afraid we’re out of waffles. What else would you like to eat? SAM: I don’t want anythiing else. I want waffles!! MOTHER: Sam, you’re just going to have to adapt. SAM: No, I do not have to adapt!! MOTHER: Sam, if you don’t adapt, you’re going to go the way of the dinosaurs. SAM: That’s not true!! The dinosaurs are extinct because an asteroid hit the Earth!! Adapting didn’t have anything to do with it. MOTHER (in stage whisper to father): S**t!!

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Use cereal bars as deus ex machina to end play if necessary.

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast. Twitter: @dandrezner

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