Blowups. We all experience them, right? There comes a point when the tension finally gets to us and our minds are forced to make a decision. Do we handle the building stress elegantly and diffuse the pressure with rational thinking and well-suited plans? Or do we retaliate with guttural screams and copious amounts of chocolate?
I choose chocolate.
Jane has a different tactic: Practice makes progress. And even though Mateo is super excited to participate in his school’s musical production, he must press through his inability to focus and concentrate on the mechanics of a dancing and singing tree.
Unfortunately, this method does not stick with Mateo at practice. Instead of swaying his branches, Mateo pretends to be a helicopter. His whirling body slams into the set decoration of actual trees and they all come tumbling down. Rafael is there to witness the meltdown. He hears all the kids in Mateo class ridicule him and berate the boy for ruining everything.
When Jane arrives at Rafael’s work later that day with a list of “must haves” for her new apartment, she’s met with a somber face. Mateo has been kicked out of the musical for disrupting rehearsal. Rafael sadly suggests that it’s time to put Mateo on medication for his ADHD.
Jane balks, reminding Rafael that they agreed to more time. Rafael gently reminds her that this is not just one bad day. It’s a pattern and it’s getting worse. They make a compromise that they will reevaluate the situation in two weeks. And then Jane offers to talk to the teacher to try and get Mateo back on the call sheet.