In the drama monologue Breaking Through, Paula argues with her son because she cannot seem to “get through to him” as a parent.
PAULA: Why can’t you ever just listen to me? Why do you always tune me out? I want the respect, I am your mother. I want you to pay attention when I talk.
(SON: “What you are shouts so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say…”)
(line above is a reference to Emerson)
What? Don’t start spitting Shakespeare at me. And I am not shouting, I’m talking to you. I could shout. Heaven knows I could shout but shouting is not the answer. This isn’t some lifetime original movie dear.
I don’t want to punish you, I don’t want to scream and yell and fly off the walls. All I want you to know is that I love you with all my heart and soul. You are my life and I need you to be my son, the good boy that I know you are.
It hasn’t been easy for us honey but if you need to talk I want you to know that you can come to me and we can talk about anything, like friends. I want you and I to be friends.
Just think about that.
(she gently touches her sons face and leaves the room)