We Need One Another

We need one another

CAROL
The American Dream.

SKYLER
House.

CAROL
White picket fence.

SKYLER
1.5 children.

CAROL
Stable job.

SKYLER
Kisses on the cheek in the morning.

CAROL
A sit down dinner with conversation with family in the evening.

SKYLER
This is what we’re always working toward.

CAROL
And I don’t always understand why. When I was little, I lived with my nuclear family, my mom’s two brothers, and their families, and our grandparents. There were a ton of people in and out of our house every day and the living room got converted into my cousin’s bedroom at night. I shared a room with a cousin, and it was awesome to always have someone to play with, someone to talk to. It was then, in the chaos of living with all of these people, that I began writing music. I would sing little riffs, and someone would be there to encourage me. Someone would be humming the riff I wrote the next day while cooking in the kitchen or while doing laundry or doing homework in the backyard.

SKYLER
When we got married, instead of living alone, we lived with two other couples. There was a couple that was dating, a couple that was engaged, and us, a couple that was married. I once talked about it on the radio when they asked for married couples with roommates and the guy called us “vaudevillian compound”.

CAROL
When I get home, there’s someone who says “hello” when I call into the house, “I’m home!”

SKYLER
There’s someone to play video games with since Carol doesn’t even know the direction to hold a controller in.

CAROL
And someone to share my writing with when I finally feel like it can be put in front of other people’s eyes.

SKYLER
And we all play music. We don’t all do it well, but we all do play music.

CAROL
Connection is important. Being with one another is important. We morph and change and we are community and it’s exciting and is necessary.

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