(Scene opens to Jeremiah he struggles to write a note. He is very focused on what he is doing and his actions are slow. It soon becomes evident that he is special needs. Jeremiah has cerebral palsy.)
Jeremiah: (Writing) “Today in school we learned about the importance of friends.” (He takes a moment to look at his work, he is proud. Looks to the audience.) I don’t have a lot of friends. My mom would always say that I am a special needs kid, which means that I am different from all of the other kids which is what makes me special, she tried to make this a cool thing. (Laughs) Never worked but I appreciated her for trying. Kids look at me and they wonder why I stand like this and why my body is shaped funny, my leg drags when I walk, my muscles get stiff, I shake sometimes, I talk a little strange. Mom calls it an accent. (Laughs) They think I’m retarded. (Ironic laugh) That’s how stupid they are, they think that anyone who is different is retarded but I’m not retarded. I have cerebral palsy. (Writing) My best friends are my mom, dad and my new friend Lily.
(Jeremiah looks up to see Lily enter the classroom. She is looking for a place to sit. She settles on the seat next to Jeremiah.)
Lily: (To Jeremiah) Hi, I’m Lily. Moved here last week from Dallas, TX. Looks like a pretty cool school. (Beat, she is looking at Jeremiah look at her. She waits for him to respond.) Hello? Are you there?
Jeremiah: (Stuttering from the surprise) Y-yes. I just, umm people don’t usually talk to me a whole lot.
Lily: Why? You seem to talk just fine to me.
Jeremiah: Yeah, I talk okay.
Lily: Great, then you can show me the ropes. Let’s make a deal-
Jeremiah: - I’m not supposed to bet.
Lily: (Laughs) Not a bet, a deal, there’s a difference. Okay so this is the deal, you show me the ropes, the ins and outs of this school and I’ll sit here everyday and I’ll talk to you.
Jeremiah: (Sad) You don’t have to talk to me if you don’t want to.