Working on Voice with Tracey Baptiste
I am a participant in Kate Messner’s Teachers Write camp. While following all the task directions, I happened to land on the picture above at Indian Country Today, which inspired this dialogue piece. Only stage directions were allowed.
Here is my writing response today:
Unci (Lakota grandmother)- [pronounce oon-chi]
Gabriel (5 year old boy)
Five-year-old Gabriel enters the front door. Strong winds slam the screen door behind him.
UNCI: Where have you been? (She looks up from stirring the big pot)
GABRIEL: Nowhere, Unci. (He looks at the wall of family photos)
UNCI: I’m making your favorite, buffalo beef stew.
GABRIEL: (He nods, not smiling) I’m not hungry. Why do we have all these family pictures? Isn’t one enough? (He throws his dusty sneakers by the door.)
UNCI: Family is most important. We are rich to have so many relatives.
(Travis enters, closing the door behind him)
GABRIEL: (diving onto the couch) Travis, can you play Turtles with me?
TRAVIS: Not today, Michelangelo.
GABRIEL: (He slumps in a corner of the couch) I don’t like you anymore.
UNCI: Gabriel, come to sit at the table and have lunch with your elder. Why don’t you tell Travis about school this week?
GABRIEL: (After gulping a spoonful of stew) Travis, you know what we made this week?
TRAVIS: No, what?
GABRIEL: We used our hands and smeared paint all over a huge piece of fabric.
TRAVIS: You like art class.
GABRIEL: It was a flag, like this one. (He points to his camo t-shirt that says “My Daddy is a Marine”)
UNCI: It turned out to be a real hand-made American flag.
GABRIEL: I wish my dad could see it! Unci, after lunch, can I paint again?
Thank you, Tracey for the great writing prompt. Completing this gave me some solid ideas for my WIP!
Thank you, Indian Country Today for posting an inspiring story!