Laundry Teddy Scene 3
SCENE 3: SYLVIA'S DATE
INT. TEDDY'S ROOM-NIGHT
Teddy was folding stacks of clothes for delivery when his mom enters his room
Somebody seems happy
What do you think about Miguel?
He's ok, I guess. Whatever I think
doesn't matter anyway, so why ask?
You're my son, silly. Of course I
will always bother to ask you. When
your dad left us, I thought nobody
will take me seriously. (Looks at
the wall mirror) I mean look at me.
Why will they? I'm old. Who will
You're looking right at him (looks
back at his mom who’s
looking straight at him from
the wall mirror)
I want more in life Teddy. I want
to be loved. I want to be special.
I want to be the one to someone.
I'm not getting any younger. My
days are counted. I don't want to
be that woman left alone, abandoned
by years, still searching for the
one true him.
And you will find him mom. Who
knows, maybe you already met him,
Miguel for example.
No. It's never gonna be him. He's
way too young.
I don't know what he sees in me. It
seems like his very existence is
all scripted. He's too perfect.
There's something that's off with
him. I don't know what it is Teddy.
But to me, it feels like he's not
really connecting and seeing the
real me. It seems like he's doing
this more because of something
that's motivating him to do this
thingy with me. You know what I
I don't know mom, honestly. Besides what
I knew doesn't really matter. It's
your heart mom. You're the only
person in the world that can make a
decision when it comes to heart
matters. But I think you're really
over thinking things. Go out on
more dates with him and see where
it goes. You're too negative.
That's the real problem. How can
you attract Miguel, when you're
dead struck on your own negative
Don't you think he's too young for
me? I mean he can pass like my son?
Someone once told me that love is
abandoned by age.
Is this Karma? What did I do to
deserve you? I know you're barely 8
when your dad left. You can go back
to school you know so you won't end
up like me, old, romantically
unattached, I mean it's bad that I
also can barely read and write. But
having an illiterate son that's way past his
prime, I mean that's like major
Karma punishment, don't you
think so? Teddy, you have to live
your life too.
And who's going to wash the
laundry so we can live, you?
Right (Smiles and lift up her
hands to Teddy) These thingy are
meant for holding hands and
counting wedding rings.
Rings? How many weddings do you
As many times as possible until I
find the right man. But one thing's
for sure, I have the perfect son. I
don't have to search for one.
Sylvia hugged Teddy.
You should go back to school,
Teddy. I'm sure there's evening
classes so you can catch up on all
those lost years.
I'm 40 mom. Everything's too late.
I'm too old to learn. I'll be the
laughing stock, a 40 year old
learning how to read and write? As
long as I can count the money and
write my name, what else do I need
to learn? Anyway, you're forgetting
that I technically go to school.
To pick up other students laundry?
That doesn't count. That's just
I sit in at Lauren's class when she
can't. I learn stuff here and
there. Maybe I can read and write,
I'm just not focusing enough.
That's why you need to go to
I'm trying to learn by myself these days.
(Points his lips at
the reading and writing learning book by
the sofa) I guess...
how hard can reading and
writing be? It's just that the
laundry consumed all my energy and
time. I'm just too tired to do
anything else after washing and
drying the laundry all day. I mean,
it doesn't really matter
right?... look at us. We have each
other. That's really all that
matters in life, right?
It's my fault. You stopped your life
because of me. I'm a wreck
Teddy. I don't deserve a son like
You're not a wreck mom. You're just
going through something tough. It's
just that in your case, it's been
decades tough. But that's ok. You
have me. We have each other. I will
never leave you, I'll take care of
you. One of these days your phone
will beep, and you'll snap back to
life. I just want you to be happy mom.
Sylvia's phone beeps. She got a new message from her social media.
Teddy, I need to post my daily
selfie now, this time I want
you to pose with me
I thought you don't want your
social media friends to know that
you have a son?
I think, I changed my mind, this
time around, I want them to know
that I have a son who loves me for
Sylvia did a selfie with Teddy and posted it immediately on her social media. She left the room giggling, as Teddy went back to folding clothes. His phone rings.
What's up Teddy?
(on the phone)
Nothing much Lauren, I'm just
Do you mind sitting by my class
this Friday, you know the same room
you sat for me before because I
have this freaking cheer practice,
I will be late and I just don't
want to lose my attendance for that
class as I've been missing a lot of
(on the phone)
Sure. This Friday right? Same
class, same time. No problem
Listen Teddy, I think I found a new
client base for you. My friend
works for this company and she told
me that most of her co-workers has
no time to go to the laundromat,
nor want to do their laundry at home,
they're looking for someone to do
their laundry, so I hooked you up.
And they told me that next Monday
you should go there and pick up
their laundry. I'll text you later
the address, my date's here, gotta go,
Lauren hangs up. Teddy smiles. New clients means more income to break even. He looks at the reading and writing book, took it and takes a deep breath.