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Marilyn: Ellen, I'd like your opinion
Ellen: About what?
Marilyn: Well, Richard and I feel that with a baby coming we need to have our own place to live.
Ellen: Oh.
Marilyn: Well, what do you think about Richard and me looking for a small house or an apartmnt at this point in our lives?
Ellen: We love having you here, and there is room, and...and when the baby comes, the baby can stay in your room for a while.
Marilyn: Richard feels we need to find a small house.
Ellen: I remember when I was pregnant with Richard. Philip and I were living with Grandma and Grandpa. Philip was a young doctor, and he kept talking about having a house of our own. It's natural.
Marilyn: What did you do ?
Ellen: We looked at a lot of houses.
Marilyn: Did you find one?
Ellen: Oh, not at first. We couldn't afford it. Grandpa wanted to led us the money to buy one, but Philip is too independent. He didn't want to borrow any money.
Marilyn: Sounds like Richard.
Ellen: They're all alike. Richard is a real Stewart. He's independent, and sometimes just stubbom.
Marilyn: When did you buy a house?
Ellen: After Richard was born. I was teaching music, and Philip was opening his first medical office.
Marilyn: Where was the house?
Ellen: Right here in Riverdate. Of course, it was a small house, but just right for us.
Marilyn: It's funny. History repeats itself. Now Richard and I are having a baby, and we probably won't be able to afford a house right away, either.
Ellen: Why don't you look at some houses, Marilyn?
Marilyn: Good idea.
Ellen: Look in the real-estate section of Sunday's Times. You'll learn a lot.
Marilyn: Maybe we should speak to a real-estate agent about a house.
Ellen: And a bank about a mortgage.
Marilyn: I'll talk to Richard about it. I think it's a good idea, Ellen. We can learn a lot by asking.
Ellen: And if I can be of any help, let me know. As a matter of fact, my friend Virginia Martinelli is a real-estate agent.
Marilyn: Good.
Ellen: You won't believe this, but she sold us our first house and this one.
Marilyn: Well, I'll tell Richard, and we'll go to see her. Do you think the skirt length is right, Ellen? Do you think it's too long?
Ellen: I think the skirt is just right. Are you planning to attach a train to it?
Marilyn: No. No train. Just the dress. But I am going to make a headpiece of lace.
Ellen: That dress is gorgeous.
Marilyn: Thanks, Ellen. And thanks for the advice about the house. I'll talk to Richard about it the minute the comes home.
Ellen: And remember, we love having you here. There's no need to rush.

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Virginia: I remember yuor parents' first house very well. It was on Spring Avenue, near the park.
Richard: I grew up in that house.
Virginia: Yes, and you were such a cute baby.
Marilyn : I've seen pictures of him. He had blond hair.
Virginia: I've been friendly with the Stewart family for a long time, so It's my pleasure to help you find a house now.
Richard: Well, we're not sure we can afford one.
Marilyn: But we'd like to find ut about the possibilities.
Virginia: That's a good idea. I love your house on Linden Street. I sold your father that house seventeen years ago.
Marilyn: Really?
Richard: Yes, Mom was pregnant with Robbie then, and they needed the extra room.
Virginia: I hear you're expecting a baby, Mrs.Stewart.
Marilyn: Mmm-hmm. So we will be needing more room.
Virginia: Oh, so you don't need something immediately?
Richard: No. But in five or six months...
Marilyn: And time passes so quickly.
Virginia: Yes, it does. Well, when you called, you gave me enough information about your salaries and your savings. So I have a good idea about your financial situation. Let me show your some pictures of houses.
Marilyn: With two bedrooms?
Virginia: Yes, I think I can show you some. Of course, they won't be in Riverdale. The cost of housing's too high for you here.
Richard: I haven't thought about living anywhere else. We've always lived in this area.
Marilyn: Where should we look for a house, Mrs.Martinelli?
Virginia: Well, we have an office in Mount Kisco. It's a lovely area, and it's only about an hour's rive from here. Here. I have a book with photos of some homes in that area. Now, let's see. Here. This is a lovely two-bedroom house in your price range.
Marilyn: It's pretty, but I prefer a two-story home.
Richard: I do, too. I don't care for a ranch type.
Virginia: OK. Oh, this is a wonderful house. I know it well. I sold it to the present owners.
Richard: It looks wonderful.
Virginia: This is a two-bedroom, two-bath house. It has a full basement, and it is on a half- acre lot. You can probably afford this one.
Marilyn: I like this house.
Richard: So do I.
Virginia: And the price is right. Would you like to go see it?
Richard: Yes. We're planning to talk to someone at the bank next week. Perhaps we could see the house this weekend.
Virginia: If some one doesn't buy it before then. But let's keep looking. Just to get an idea of some other possibilities.
Richard: This is very helpful, Mrs. Martinelli.
Virginia: Here. This is a wonderful example of Spanish-style architecture.
Richard: Oh, I love the roof tiles on a Spanish-style house.
Marilyn: It looks like the houses in Hollywood.
Virginia: It's interesting. A house like this in Riverdale costs double the price. Oh my! Here's a real buy. It's a bargain. This house just came on the market.
Marilyn: It's quite lovely. Is it a two-bedroom house?
Virginia: No. It has three bedrooms and three baths. I know the house. It has a brand new kitchen. And a living room with a twelve-foot ceiling. And there's a two-car garage.
Richard: Then why don't we go look at this house, too?
Virginia: It's a good investment.
Richard: Thank you, Mrs. Martinelli.
Marilyn: Thanks so much.
Virginia: My pleasure. Give my best to your parents.
Virginia: Your father's a wonderful doctor, Richard. He took care of my daughter when she was a child. He's the best pediatrician in Westchester.
Richard: Thanks, Mrs. Martinelli, I'll give them your regards.
Marilyn: We really appreciate your advice.
Virginia: I do think you should go see the houses and talk to the bank. Here. Let me give you some information sheets abo the houses. They're both very good buys.
Richard: Well, thanks so much for your help and your time, Mrs. Martinelli. We've got a lot to talk about.
Marilyn: Mmm-hmm. Thanks.

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Mr.Riley: How do you do?
Richard: Hello.
Mr.Riley: I'm Ralph Riley.
Richard: I'm Richard Stewart, and this is my wife, Marilyn.
Mr.Riley: Pleased to meet you.
Marilyn: Likewise, Mr.Riley.
MR.Riley: Please, sit down. What can I do for you?
Richard: We'd like to discuss a mortgage.
Marilyn: For a house.
Mr.Riley: Fine. Are you buying a house or are you reinancing your present home?
Richard: We're planning to buy a house.
Marilyn: And we'd like to find out about a mortgage.
Richard: We are customers of the bank. As a matter of fact, my whole Family banks here.
Mr.Riley: I have some questions to ask. Do you own your house or do you rent?
Richard: Neither. We live with my parents, Dr. and Mrs. Philip Stewart.
Mr.Riley: And how old are you?
Marilyn: I'm twenty-nine.
Richard: I'm thirty.
Mr.RIley: And, Mr. Stewat, what is your occupation?
RIchard: I'm a freelance photographer.
Mr.Riley: And, Mrs. Stewart, are you working?
Marilyn: Yes. I'm a designer, and I work in a boutique.
Mr.Riley: Did you bring any savings or salary information? Last year's tax forms?
Richard: Yes. Here they are.
Mr. Riley: OK. What...what kind of house did you have in mind?
Richard: We're talking about buying a two-bedroom house in Mount Kisco. Here are the financial details on the house.
Mr.Riley: Thank you. Are you prepared to make a ten-percent down payment?
Richard: Yes, we are.
Mr.Riley: Payments over thirty years?
Richard: Yes.
Marilyn: Do you think we can get a loan?
Mr.Riley: Well, it depends. Do you own any other property? Any stocks or bonds?
Richard: No.
Mr.Riley: I see. Then you don't have any collateral. Perhaps you could get a guarantor- someone to sign for the loan for you.
Richard: Why is that necessary?
Mr.Riley: Since you don't have enough income, and you don't already own any property, the bank needs to be sure you can pay the mortgage every month. A guarantor is responsible for the loan if you can't make the payments.
Richard: I see. Well, the idea of buying a house is exciting.
Marilyn: Thank you, Mr.Riley. We'll read this over carefully.
Mr.Riley: Thank you.
Richard: Good-bye. Thanks.
Mr.Riley: Godd-bye. And hope to see you soon.
Richard: I hope so, too.
Mr.Riley: Take care.
Marilyn: Good-bye.
Richard: It all sounded so easy until they mentioned needing collateral or a guarantor.
Marilyn: We have no collateral.
Richard: And I don't think it's a good idea to ask Dad to sign as a guarantor. I don't feel right about it.
Marilyn: I understand your feelings about it, Richard.
Ellen: Now, tell me, what's the problem?
Marilyn: We can get a loan from the bank if we can put up some collateral.
Richard: And we don't own anything to use as collateral.
Marilyn: Or someone can sign with us as a guarantor.
Ellen: Why don't you speak to Dad?
Richard: No. If we buy a house, I want to be able to handle it alone.
Ellen: Everybody needs help sometimes, Richard.
Marilyn: I understand Richard's feelings about it, Ellen.
Richard: In two or three months, I'll have an advance on my book and be able to put more money down.
Marilyn: What about the house in Mount Kisco? Somebody else'll buy it by then.
Richard: Then there'll be other houses, Marilyn.
Ellen: Richard has a point. You're just beginning to look.
Marilyn: We're in no great rush. It's true.
Richard: This has been a great learning experience for us, Marilyn. Talking to the real-estate agent. Looking at the houses. Talking to the loan officer at the bank.
Marilyn: It has been a learning experience. That's true.
Ellen: I think you're doing the right thing. Taking your time. Looking around. Especially with a purchase of this kind. You're talking about a lot of money.
Marilyn: We'll call Mrs. Martinelli and tell her to keep looking for us.
Richard: And I'll call Mr.Riley at the bank and tell him we'll see him in a couple of months.
Ellen: And if you ever need Dad or me to help you...
Marilyn: We know.
Ellen: You know we'll be there for you.
Richard: It's a Stewart tradition. We're a family.

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Grandpa: Is that you, Susan?
Susan: It's me, Grandpa.
Grandpa: Am I glad to see you!
Susan: And am I glad to see you! I am also glad to be here.
Grandpa: How are things?
Susan: I have been talking to a group of salesmen since ten this morning, and I'm real exhausted.
Grandpa: Well, you look good. What's Harry doing tonight?
Susan: He and Michelle are visiting relatives in New Jersey today.
Grandpa: The rest of our family went to the movies. So it's just you and me, Susan.
Susan: It's nice to be alone with you, Grandpa. We don't get to see enough of each other.
Grandpa: Oh, I feel the same way, Susan. I miss seeing you. But to tell the truth, next time I'd like to go into the city and meet you there, instead of you coming here.
Susan: You don't need to do that, Grandpa.
Grandpa: Yeah, I do. I need to get out more. Well, I mean there's a lot to do around the house, and I love being here with the family, you know, but I'm restless. Since I retired, I've got extra time on my hands.
Susan: I understand, Grandpa.
Grandpa: I think you do. Frankly, I'd like to use my brain a little more.
Susan: Grandpa, you have so much energy and so many years of experience. There are probably a lot of places for you to work. Particularly in the construction field.
Grandpa: But at my age, I'm not looking for a full-time job. I'm retired. But I'm bored.
Susan: Well, there must be something. Maybe I can help.
Grandpa: Let's go into the kitchen, and maybe can help me set the table.
Susan: Sounds good to me. What are we having?
Grandpa: I prepared lamb chops, mashed potatoes, and a tossed green salad to begin with.
Susan: Grandpa, you are a terrific guy!
Susan: You're still thinking about something to do, aren't you? A job of some kind.
Grandpa: That's right. I've been thinking about it for weeks now .There must be some way to put my mind to good use.
Susan: We'll find a solution. A positive solution to your finding a way to use that wonderful mind of yours.

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Susan: Sam, would you come in ,please?
Sam: You sound like something's brothering you, Susan. The sketches for the cover of the new doll book?
Susan: That's not it. Please sit down.
Sam: Sure.
Susan: I need your advice on a personal matter, but it's not about me.
Sam: You need my advice on a personal matter, and it's not about. OK.
Susan: It's about my grandfather.
Sam: What's the problem?
Susan: It won't sound like a big deal, but it is. I had dinner with him Saturday, and he's very unhappy about not working.
Sam: I thought he was retired and pleased to be living with the family.
Susan: He is, but there's so much energy and talent in the man ,and he doesn't get to use it.
Sam: But what can I do? What kind of advice are you looking for?
Susan: Simply this. John Marchetta runs this company.
Sam: He founded this company.
Susan: Right. John Marchetta Gave me my start here six years ago, when I first graduated from college. He gave me the chance to use my talents and made me feel more confident.
Sam: Right. Maybe he can do the same thing for your grandfather.
Susan: Or at least give him some advice.
Sam: Right. Then I've solved your problem.
Susan: I can always depend on you, Sam.
Sam: I'm glad to help. Shall I call Mr. Marchetta for you?
Susan: No, no. I'll do that. Thanks.
Sam: Now, how's the Stewart family?
Susan: Fine, thank you, Mr. Marchetta. Except for my grandfather.
Sam: What's wrong, Susan? What's wrong with him?
Susan: He needs to work. In fact, that is the reason why I'm here to see you. I know you're building a new factory, and I thought...may be...my grandfather is so experienced in the construction trade, he could be so valuable.
Sam: Tell him to come and see me at ten 0'clock tomorrow morning. I have an idea that may solve the problem for him and help a lot of other people.
Susan: Really, Mr.Marchetta? Can I tell him that?
Marchetta: Sure can. Ten 0'clock in the morning. Here.
Susan: Oh, thank you!

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Grandpa: Hi. I'm Malcolm Stewart.
Marchetta: John Marchetta. Sit down, sit down.
Grandpa: Susan has told me a great deal about you.She says you're quite a man.
Marchetta: She says a lot of wonderful things about you too, Mr. Stewart.
Grandpa: That's always nice to hear, Mr.Marchetta.
Marchetta: Call me John. May I call you Malcolm?
Marchetta; Let's talk business.
Grandpa: That's music to my ears.
Marchetta: I understand you used to be in the construction business.
Grandpa: Yup. Forty-three years. Here's a brief description of forty three years of on-the-job training.
Marchetta: That is some history! You're a valuable asset, Malcolm. Very valuable.
Grandpa: Thank you. Yup. Forty-three years. Half that time in my own construction company. Big jobs-factories, shopping malls. That kind of thing.
Marchetta: Then you retired.
Grandpa: Yes. After my wife died, and I felt I should spend more time with my children and grandchildren. I live in Florida, and they lived in New York.
Marchetta: I understand. My daughter Cami lives in NewYork. I like being near her.
Grandpa: When I came here, I planned to take a few months off. Relax with the family and then look for some work. Put my experience on the line...but, unfortunately, there isn't any work for a retired person my age.
Marchetta: Sometimes there is, and sometimes there isn't. Well, I'm evolved with an organization, and we're trying to resolve that problem.
Grandpa: What's that?
Marchetta: TOPS. T-O-P-S- means Talented Older People's Society.
Grandpa: I'd like to be a member. How much are the dues?
Marchetta: There are no dues...The organization serves major men and women like you. Experienced, talented, retired. But our members want to go out there and use their talents. They want to work.
Grandpa: That fantastic, John!
Marchetta: I've got and idea for you, Malcolm. Just fill out this form for me. It'll only take a few minutes. Sit right here, and do it while I talk to my secretary. When I get back, we'll talk about my new factory. My company is a member of TOPS. So I try hard to find opportunities for people like it. Well, I can use your brainpower on the job right now. Have you got time this morning to go over to the construction site with me? I'd like to have you meet my foreman-get some background on the job.
Grandpa: I've got plenty of time.
Marchetta: I'll be right back. We'll go over to the job site together.
Danny: Malcolm, you worked on the Spaceport project?
Grandpa: My company was the contractor. I built the theater there with my own two hands, practically.
Danny: I understand.
Marchrtta: Well, I'm glad to see you two guys getting along so well because Danny, Malcolm is on the TOPS team. He's going to be working with you for a while. His experience will be valuable to both of us.
Danny: Welcome aboard, Malcolm!
Marchetta: I'm going back to my office. Give me a call later, Malcolm. I'll tell you the time and date of the next TOPS meeting. I'd like you to meet the group.
Grandpa: I will, John. And again-thanks.
Marchetta: No...thank you. And thank Susan.
Grandpa: He's quite a man.
Danny: A real inspiration for me.
Grandpa: OK, Danny. I know you didn't expect to have me around, but I think I can be of some help to you.
Danny: Let me tell you something, Malcolm. With your background and experience, I can learn something...and I do need some advice on a difficult problem. Let me show you this.
Grandpa: I don't want to give you a final opinion without studying these building plans more carefully. But a simple solution might be to move the air-conditioning units instead of redesigning the entire system. It might be simpler and less expensive.
Danny: You just earned your weight in gold, Malcolm. Welcome aboard!
Grandpa: It all happened so quickly! I can't believe it!
Susan: I'm glad Mr. Marchetta was so helpful.
Grandpa: He was more than helpful. He actually took me to meet his foreman.
Susan: I'm thrilled for you, Grandpa.
Grandpa: I don't know how to thank you, Susan. You're a wonderful granddaughter.
Susan: It's good to see you so happy.
Grandpa: I'll be at the construction site tomorrow. What are you doing tomorrow night?
Susan: I'm not doing anything. Why?
Grandpa: How about a date with your grandfather? I owe you a good steak dinner.
Susan: I'll accept. Tomorrow night. You and me. Dinner. What time?
Grandpa: I'll pick you up here at seven. Is that OK?
Susan: I can't wait! And you can tell me all about your first full day back on the job.
Grandpa: It's a deal!

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Ellen: There's nothing more joyous than the arrival of a new baby.
Susan: I am so excited, Mother! Just imagine-Marilyn and Richard must be thrilled! Oh, a new baby!
Ellen: Max...Max...Max. Oh, it's a sweet-sounding name for a sweet little boy. My first grandchild.
Susan: And my first nephew. Isn't he just adorable? He looks a lot like you, Mom. He does.
Ellen: Do you think so? Well, I guess. He does look a lot like Richard, and I guess he looks a lot like me. Oh, he's got Richard's eyes, though.
Susan: I really want Harry and Michelle to see Max.
Ellen: When are they coming?
Susan: Tomorrow. Harry has an account to work on today. Yes, he does have Richard's eyes. Big blue eyes. The baby even looks at you like Richard does.
Ellen: Well, children usually referable their parents.
Susan: It's true Michelle is a lot like Harry in so many ways. And she's shy with new people, just like he is.
Ellen: You really like Michelle, don't you?
Susan: Yes. I'm very fond of her.
Ellen: And Harry, too?
Susan: Well...
Ellen: Uh, it's four-thirty. Oh, my! Marilyn and Richard will be home from the hospital any minute, and we must prepare this room.
Susan: Where will we put all the presents?
Ellen: Well, let's take everything to the living room. Marilyn and Richard and the baby need the space. It's crowded in here.
Grandpa: The welcome sign is up: "Welcome home, Max."
Ellen: Isn't it exciting, Grandpa?
Susan: Your first great-grandchild.
Grandpa: Yes. Yes, sir. A great-grandchild. A great-grandson. Another generation to carry on the Stewart name.
Susan: I love you, Grandpa. You make me feel so proud to be part of our family.
Grandpa: One day, You'll have your own family, and I'll be proud to be part of it.
Ellen: Now you understand my feelings, Susan. I'm Grandpa's daughter-in-law, but I feel like a Stewart. He's always made me feel like his own daughter.
Grandpa: Well, that's because you're so much like us-wonderful!
Susan: Mom, got it. This will make a nice gift for Marilyn and dates and information about Max's life here. Let's see. Name: Max Stewart. Does he have a middle name?
Ellen: No, just Max. I like that. No middle name. No middle initial.
Grandpa: Like me. I'm Malcolm Stewart. Just Malcolm Stewart.
Susan: And Max has your initials, Grandpa:M.S.
Ellen: Uh, it must mean something.
Susan: Weight: eight pounds six ounces.
Grandpa: Eight-six. Big boy! All the Stewart men were big.
Ellen: Well, Robbie was eight pounds two ounces, and Richard was eight pounds three.
Susan: And me?
Ellen: Eight pounds six. You were big, just like Max.
Susan: Eight pounds six, just like me. That's nice. Length. Length?
Ellen: Richard says Max is twenty-one inches long.
Grandpa: Tall. All the Stewart men are tall.
Ellen: Well, Grandpa, you're about five-nine or five-ten. I wouldn't call that tall.
Grandpa: I take after my mother's family. They were...they were... they were average.
Susan: Mother:Marily.Father:Richard. And lots of pages for Richard's photos of Max.
Grandpa: Speaking of mother and of father-and speaking of Max hear the car. They're here!
Ellen: Oh! Oh, quickly! Go, go, go!
Ellen: Let's see. Oh, welcome home. Oh, let her in. Wait with your pictures for a second. Come on, darlings. Sweetheart... Sit down right here.
Susan: Oh, he's so cute! Oh, Marilyn!
Robbie: Max looks just like Grandpa.
Grandpa: A real Stewart.
Marilyn: I'm so happy to be home with my family-and with Max

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Susan: It's almost ten 0'clock. I've got to go. Tomorrow is Monday, and work begins at eight in the morning for me. Oh, I'm so happy that Max is home. He's the sweetest little thing.
Ellen: I'll drive you to Grand Grandpa, Robbie, and I can finish wrapping all these gifts.
Richard: It's so good to have you home again...and to see Max asleep in his bassinet at home with us.
Marilyn: To be with our family and all that Stewart TLC.
Richard: TLC-tender loving care. That's our motto.
Marilyn: Did you see the washcloth and the towels with the teddy bears on them? Alexandra and the Molinas sent them for max.
Richard: It was so kind of them. Now Max has come into everyone's life.
Marilyn: The house is so alive with him here. The welcome sign over the door. The boxes of presents. The M-Z-X over his bassinet. Robbie put that there. Susan's teddy bear. So cuddly. The beautiful crib from Mom and Dad.
Richard: Oh, and Grandpa's baseball glove. You know, it hung over my crib, too. And it hung over Robbie's crib.
Marilyn: Part of Grandpa's magic?
Richard: Oh, that's not all. It hung over Susan's crib.
Marilyn: Part of Grandpa's magic?
Richard: Oh, that's not all. It hung over Susan's crib.
Marilyn: The same baseball glove?
Richard: That's right. Grandpa hangs it there for good luck. He says it always brought him good luck on the baseball team. He believes it'll bring good luck to all the Stewart babies.
Marilyn: And then he takes it back when Max is ready to use it?
Richard: Yes, and replaces it with a new glove so the old one will be ready for a new member of the Stewart family
Marilyn: Grandpa really loves his family, doesn't he? So do I.
Richard: And so do I.
Richard: And so does Max.
Marilyn: After he eats!

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Marilyn: Thanks, Michelle.
Michelle: I hope you like it.
Marilyn: Isn't this baby outfit adorable? With his name on it "Max." Thanks so much, Harry and Michelle.
Richard: We really appreciate it.
Harry: I'm glad you like it. Michelle Picked it out.
Michelle: Yes. I told Daddy to pick blue ones. Blue is for boys, and pink is for girls.
Grandpa: And Max is some boy.
Richard: He's a real Stewart.
Granpa: Right!
Ellen: That was so thoughtful of you, Michelle. Especially to pick it out in blue.
Susan: Would you like to see baby Max, Michelle?
Harry: Could she? Could we?
Michelle: Could I?
Marilyn: Take them upstairs, Susan. Harry and Michelle can watch Max sleeping.
Susan: Let's go.
Harry: Come on, Michelle. Before Max wakes up.
Marilyn: Will you please take this upstairs, Susan?
Susan: Uh-hum.
Marilyn: Thank you.
Philip: Michelle is very grown up for a ten-year-old, huh?
Ellen: She's smart and sensitive for her age.
Grandpa: Growing up without a mother is difficult. You mature quickly.
Ellen: Susan's like a mother to Michelle. They have a good relationship. Do you think Susan and Harry will get married?
Robbie: Yeah. You can count on it.
Philip: I think so. Yes. They get along so well.
Grandpa: I like him. He's good for Susan.
Ellen: He's a little quiet.
Richard: It's hard to do anything but listen in this family.
Ellen: How can anybody get a word in around here?
Marilyn: You're right, Ellen.
Philip: Oh, really?
Richard: It's the way it should be. The Stewarts are the Stewarts!
Grandpa: They always were, and they always will be.
Richard: Right!
Grandpa: They've always got an opinion. Always got something to say.
Marilyn: And now there's Max Stewart, and if he talks as loudly as he cries, we're all in for trouble.
Robbie: He's quiet now.
Marilyn: Mmm-hmm.That's because he's sleeping.
Harry: He's really cute.
Susan: It's not necessary to whisper, Harry. A baby gets used to voices.
Harry: I remember now. We always whispered when Michelle was born.
Michelle: And I didn't sleep well. Daddy told me. I never slept. And when I did, I woke up when I heard someone speak.
Susan: I bet you were cute.
Harry: She sure was.
Michelle: Not as cute as Max. He's like a little doll.
Michelle: Oh, good. Now I can help diaper him.
Susan: Let's get Marilyn. What do you do when he cries like that?
Harry: You pick him up.
Susan: He's so little...so new. Let's call Marilyn.
Marilyn: Time for a feeding and time for a diapering. You're a real Stewart.

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Harry: You like living in New York, don't you?
Susan: Oh, I love it. It's so convenient. I can take the bus to work...or the subway...or a taxi. And there's so much to do. Lots of movie houses, and the theater.
Harry: I know what you mean. I'd like to live in the city, but living in New Jersey and the suburbs is better for Michelle. Trees, grass.
Susan: There's a lot of good things about suburban living. I grew up in Riverdale, Remember? So I know. But, as a working woman, I think New York has all the conveniences-including the best tomatoes.
Harry: The truth is, I'd like to live in the city. Michelle's the right age. There are lots of things for her here.
Susan: You're right, Harry. Today is the perfect example. Michelle and her friends are at the aquarium in Brooklyn. They come back here for lunch, then go uptown to the Museum of Natural History. There's so much for young people to see and do. It's just incredible!
Harry: Not just for young people. What about me? I've never been to the aquarium or Museum of Natural History. Have you?
Susan: Oh yes, Harry. My mother and father often took us somewhere in the city on the weekends. Dad was a busy doctor, but he usually managed to squeeze a Sunday in with Richard, Robbie, and me. I used to love to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Harry: I've been there several times. Twice with Michelle.
Susan: You ought to think about spending more time with Michelle at all the great places in the city.
Harry: Well, perhaps, you'll help me select some of the great places. And perhaps, you'll join us?
Susan: Perhaps I will.
Susan: Well, there we are .All set for lunch, Harry.
Harry: It looks inviting. I wish Michelle and her friends would get here. I'm starving, aren't you?
Susan: I can't wait to take a bite of the pumpernickel. It smells so delicious. Coming! Coming! Who is it?
Michelle: Michelle. It's us, Susan.
Susan: Come in Michelle, and bring your friends along. We're on the fifth floor. Oh you're been here before
Harry: Susan, I really appreciate your doing this Michelle and her friends.
Susan: Oh, please, Harry. It's nothing. I'm not just doing it for Michelle. I'm doing it for you.
Harry: Thank you.
Susan: I'm doing it for us, Harry.
Harry: Well, it's...it's important for Michelle to see us together more often. That's true.
Susan: It's important for Michelle and me to get to know each other better. That's important for us.
Harry: That makes me feel good.
Susan: What, Harry? What makes you feel good?
Harry: Well, that you care about Michelle, that you care about me, and that you care about us.
Susan: Well, Harry, that's because I do. I do care.
Harry: They'll be here any minute .Susan, I'd like to continue this conversation later.
Susan: Of course, Harry. We'll finish the conversation when they go to the museum.
Harry: I'd like that.
Susan: So would I.

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Michelle: Oh, Daddy! We had such a good time at the aquarium. I saw a real shark. I could almost touch it.
Harry: I'm so glad. Hi, Michelle, why don't you introduce everybody to Susan?
Michelle: Hi, Susan.
Susan: Hi.
Michelle: I'd like you to meet Audrey and her mother, Mrs. Cooper.
Susan: Hello, Audrey. Nice to meet you, Mrs. Cooper. I'm Susan Stewart.
Michelle: And this is Shirley and Nicole.
Susan: Hi, girls.
Harry: Come on in. Come on in, Mrs. Cooper on in, everybody.
Mother: The aquarium was so exciting. I had never been there before. The girls learned a great deal. Frankly, so did I.
Susan: Well, please sit down and tell us all about it during lunch.
Harry: We prepared some tuna fish and cheese sandwiches for lunch.
Michelle: I love tuna fish. Don't you , Audrey?
Susan: I remember when I used to b a Girl Scout. My mother would take us everywhere, too.
Mother: Susan, I understand you're in the toy business.
Susan: Yes, I am. My company manufactures toys and games for children.
Harry: Susan's vice-president in charge of new toys and games.
Susan: And the marketing of new toys and games.
Michelle: Can we test a new game for you, Susan?
Susan: That's an excellent idea, Michelle. I happen to have a game which I brought home to study.
Michelle: Let us try it ! Don't you want to play? Nicole ? Shirley? Audrey?
Susan: We tested it last week on twelve-to fifteen-year-olds, and they found it to be too easy-in other words...boring. We think it might be just right for ten-to twelve-year- olds.
Michelle: That's us, Susan.
Susan: First, you shuffle the deck and lay them face down. Then you select the leader. I'll be the leader. The leader takes the first ten cards and lays them face up on this stand. h-t-e-r-c-z-e-p-e-s. Everyone gets a turn, going counterclockwise, left to right. You have thirty seconds to make a word, using as many letters as possible. You get one point for each letter, plus the person with the longest word gets ten extra point. The first one to get one hundred points wins.
Michelle: That's easy.
Susan: OK, let's go around the atble. You first, Audrey.
Audrey: Chest-c-h-e-s-t.
Susan: Good. That's five points also. It's your turn, Shirley.
Shirley: Creep-c-r-e-e-p.
Susan: Creep. That's another five-letter word. Five points. So far, you're all tied.
Harry: Sheet -s-h-e-e-t-sheet.
Susan: Sheet is a five-letter word. Michelle, your turn.
Michelle: Cheese-c-h-e-e-s-e.
Susan: Terrific! Michelle wins with a six-letter word, plus she gets an additional ten points for a total of sixteen points. How are you enjoying the game so far?
Michelle: I think it's too easy.
Susan: Too easy?
Harry: Michelle!
Susan: It's OK, Harry Michelle is quite right. She just said it's too easy.
Harry: Well, I like the game.
Mother: I enjoyed lunch, Susan. Thank you so much, but we have fo get going to meet the rest of the troop at two 0'clock at the museum.
Susan: Oh, it was nice meeting all of you. I hope you have a wonderful time at the Museum of Natural History.
Harry: Good-bye, everybody. Have a good time.
Girls: Bye.
Harry: See you in front of the museum at five 0'clock.
Mother: Oh, OK. Thanks, Mr. Bennett. That'll be fine. And thanks again for the lunch and for the game.
Michelle: Good-bye, Susan It's not a bad game. It's just... slow.
Susan: Just slow. You helped save our company a lot of money. Bye-bye.
Harry: You are wonderful with kids.
Susan: I am.
Harry: Isn't there a conversation that we have to finish?

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Harry: There's a conversation we have to finish.
Susan: What was it about?
Harry: It was about caring.
Susan: Oh?
Harry: Yes, caring. I said that it makes me feel good that you care about Michelle.
Susan: Well, I do care about Michelle.
Harry: And it makes me feel good that you care about me.
Susan: You know I do. You're a...wonderful friend.
Harry: And it makes me feel good that you care about us.
Susan: Well...well, I do, Harry. It's only natural that if I care about Michelle and I care about you, then I care about us.
Harry: It's OK, Susan. We had this part of the conversation before Michelle and her friends arrived. Now comes the good part.
Susan: Like what?
Harry: Well, assume that if you care about Michelle and you care about me and you care abut us, that we can talk about us. I mean-you and me. Isn't that right?
Susan: What are you trying to say, Harry?
Harry: What I'm trying to say...since this is so easy ...Here are ten letters that express my feelings for you.
Susan: Don't be silly, Harry.
Harry: You want a hint? It's two words.
Susan: You're making the game harder.
Harry: Can't you figure it out? Seven letters... two words...that express the feeling that I feel for you in my heart.
Susan: Harry, I get it!
Harry: Well? Does that mean you'll marry me?
Susan: Is that a proposal, or are we just playing a game?
Harry: Sit down, Susan. There's something I have to ask you. Susan, will you marry me?
Susan: It's such an important decision .There's so many things to talk about. There are three things that have to be done first, Harry.
Harry: Three things?
Susan: First, we have to decide where to live.
Harry: Well, that's easy. We talked about that earlier. We'll live in New York.
Susan: All right. Second, we have to talk to Michelle together about being married.
Harry: We'll do that immediately. What' the third thing?
Susan: You have to ask for my father's permission.
Harry: Absolutely! But first things first. We have to go pick up Michelle.
Susan: Oh, I'm so happy, Harry!
Harry: Not as happy as I am.

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Marilyn: What's this for?
Richard: Just because. How's the baby?
Marilyn: Fast asleep.
Richard: I'm sorry I missed him. I had to work late.
Marilyn: What are the flowers for, Richard?
Richard: Five years of happiness. Happy anniversary.
Marilyn: But our anniversary isn't until Saturday.
Richard: I couldn't wait. Besides, we are not going to be here Saturday.
Marilyn: We're not?
Richard; Uh-uh.
Marilyn: Where are we going to be?
Richard: If you had your choice of all the places in the world, where would you choose to spend our anniversary?
Marilyn: The Watermill Inn. I loved that place when we went on our honeymoon.
Richard: Perfect! You picked the right place.
Marilyn: I don't understand.
Richard: You and I, Mrs. Stewart, are going to spend a second honeymoon at the Watermill Inn.
Marilyn: Oh, Richard! That's wonderful, bu-
Richard: No buts.
Marilyn: Absolutely not. The world's greatest grandmother, Mrs. Ellen Stewart, has agreed to take care of him for the weekend.
Marilyn: Richard, isn't that too much to ask of your mother?
Richard: Too much? She loves taking care of Max.
Marilyn: But... I'll miss him.
Richard: Well, we'll phone every hour, and you can listen o him over the phone. Come on. Mar. It's time you and I had a romantic weekend alone together. We've earned it. What do you say?
Marilyn: It does sound tempting. You're right. We're earned it.
Richard: Great! I'll make a reservation right now. Remember that wonderful little balcony where we had our meals...with a view of the Hudson River?
Marilyn: How could I forget?
Richard: Hello. Is Mrs. Montefiore there? Ah. She's out. Yes. This is Richard Stewart. My wife and I spent our honeymoon at the inn. No, we didn't leave anything in the room. It was five years ago. We'd like to make a reservation for this weekend. Yes, a double room, please. What? Are you sure? But...OK. Nothing available. Wait! Don't hang up! Can you recommend someplace nice-someplace nearby? Uh-hold it. Old country Inn? Right. And the phone number? 555-2420. Thank you. He says there's another inn just half a mile down the road from the Watermill. It won't be the same, But what do you say?
Marilyn: Well...
Richard: My mom is available to baby-sit this weekend.
Marilyn: Well, OK. See if they have a room.
Richard: Right!
Richard: Hello. Is this the Old Country Inn? Yes. This is Richard Stewart. The desk clerk at the Watermill suggested your inn. Would you happen to have a room for two available this weekend? Something really nice. My wife and I are celebrating our fifth anniversary. Yes. I'll hold. He's checking. You do? Great! What is the daily rate? That's fine. Thank you. Yes, we'll be arriving by car about ten 0'clock Friday night. Stewart. S-t-e-w-a-r-t. Thank you. Done! You and I, Mrs. Stewart, are going to have a wonderful, romantic weekend!
Marilyn: Richard, that's the baby.

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Clerk: Right this way, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart. Well, it's small, but clean.
Richard: Clean? You call this clean?
Clerk: Have a nice stay.
Richard: Thank you. I don't believe this. Well, it isn't the Watermill Inn, but let's get a look at the view.
Marilyn: How is the view?
Richard: Great, if you enjoy looking at a parking lot.
Marilyn: Well, maybe we'll see the view in the morning. Right now, we should clean up this room.
Richard: Sorry, Marilyn.
Marilyn: Why should you be sorry?
Richard: Well, the rain, the room, the view of the parking lot. It isn't the way I hoped it would be.
Marilyn: Stop blaming yourself. After all, we're here, we're alone, we're together. And I l love you. Isn't that enough?
Richard: Is is for me, but I wanted this weekend to be special for you.
Marilyn: It is special. Happy anniversary.
Richard: It's still raining. I want to play tennis.
Marilyn: I want some breakfast. Let's call room service and order a mice breakfast, and then we'll figure out what to do today.
Richard: Right. Would you give me room service, please? I beg your pardon! Oh, I see. They don't have room service at Old Country Inn.
Marilyn: Well, let's go down to the coffee shop.
Richard: They don't have a coffee shop .We can get our meals at Mrs. Montefiore's down the road.
Marilyn: That's OK, honey. I love walking in the rain.
Richard: Oh, you're being a really good sport about this, Marilyn, but I think we should face the truth.
Marilyn: What's that?
Richard: This is not the way to spend our fifth anniversary.
Marilyn: Well, what do you want to do?
Richard: Why don't we get in the car and drive home?
Marilyn: Oh, Richard, it really isn't that bad.
Richard: Do you want to stick it out for the whole weekend?
Marilyn: Well, I'll admit the room is uncomfortable.
Richard: Uh-hum.
Marilyn: And I do feel bad about your mother having to take care of the baby all weekend.
Richard: Why don't we just check out?
Marilyn: OK.
Marilyn: Hello? Yes. Yes, this is she. Oh, hello! How nice of you to remember us! Yes, My husband did call. You do? Really? It won't be any trouble? Oh, yes, I think we'd like that very much. Fifteen minutes! Thank you. Good-bye. You will never guess.
Richard: Uh... I give up.
Marilyn: Mrs. Montefiore from the Watermill Inn.
Richard: What is she calling about?
Marilyn: They have an opening. Someone just checked out, and Mrs. Montefiore has reserved the honeymoon suite for us.
Richard: You're kidding?
Marilyn: No. Isn't it wonderful?
Richard: It's fantastic! Oh, Now all it has to do is stop raining. Let's go.

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Innkeeper: Welcome to the Watermill Inn.
Marilyn: Oh, Richard, it's exactly as it was when we were married!
Innkeeper: And when I got married.
Marilyn: Even the old patchwork quilt is the same!
Innkeeper: My great-grandmother made that quilt when Teddy Roosevelt was President. In those day, when they made quilts, they cut patches from the old clothing of every member in the family os that each one would be a part of it.
Marilyn: What a lovely tradition!
Richard: Thank you for calling us.
Innkeeper: I remember you and your wife from the first time you stayed with us.
Richard: We were very young.
Innkeeper: And very much in love.
Marilyn: We have a baby now.
Innkeeper: How wonderful! A boy or girl?
Marilyn: A boy-Max.
Innkeeper: Do you have a picture?
Richard: Would a professional photographer be without a picture?
Innkeeper: Oh, he's adorable!
Richard: And very bright.
Marilyn: Like his father. A real Stewart.
Richard: And very good-looking, like his mother.
Innkeeper: Well, it's nice to have you with us again. next time, bring the baby.
Marilyn: You see, Richard? Max is welcome here.
Richard: Not on our anniversary. This vacation is for you and me.
Innkeeper: If there's anything you need, please call me. I'll be in the front office all day.
Innkeeper: Oh, I took the liberty of ordering some breakfast for you. Just put it over there, Charles. Thank you, Charles. Compliments of the Watermill Inn.
Richard: Thank you.
Marilyn: Thank you so much.
Richard: Now, this is my idea of a good time. Let's see...Hotcakes and maple syrup, with scrambled eggs.
Marilyn: Umm...smell that coffee... cinnamon and cloves.
Richard: Homemade buttermilk biscuits.
Marilyn: Slices of orange with burnt honey.
Richard: Let's eat!
Marilyn: First I want to call home and check on your mother and the baby.
Richard: Honey, if there were any problems, she would call us.
Marilyn: She doesn't know we've changed hotels.
Richard: You're right. Of course.
Marilyn: Hello, operator. I'd like to call Riverdale, New York.
Richard: This food is heavenly, isn't it?
Marilyn: This whole place is heavenly. Do you remember that old desk? Mrs. Montefiore told me that George Washington sat at that desk and wrote to his wife Martha.
Richard: What do you want to do after breakfast?
Marilyn: Why don't we take a walk down to the river?
Richard: In the rain?
Marilyn: No. Look out the window. The sun is shining!
Richard: Now this is my idea fo a good time!

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