Parts(2): Narrator 1 Narrator 2 Narrator 3 Narrator 4 Narrator 5 Dad Ruthie Mom Jessica <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Narrator 1: JESSICA Narrator 2: Ruthie Simms didn't have a dog. She didn't have a cat, or a brother, or a sister. But Jessica was the next best thing. Narrator 3: Jessica went wherever Ruthie went. To the moon, to the playground, to Ruthie's grandma's for the weekend. Mom and Dad: "THERE IS NO JESSICA," Narrator 4: said Ruthie's parents. But there was. She ate with Ruthie, looked at books with Ruthie, and took turns stacking blocks with Ruthie, building towers. Narrator 5: If Ruthie was mad, so was Jessica. If Ruthie was sad, Jessica was too. And if Ruthie was glad, Jessica felt exactly the same. Narrator 1: When Ruthie accidently spilled some juice, she said, Ruthie: "Jessica did it, and she's sorry." Narrator 2: When Ruthie's parents called a babysitter because they wanted to go to a movie one night, Ruthie said, Ruthie: "Jessica has a stomachache and wants you to stay home." Narrator 3: And when Ruthie turned five, it was Jessica's fifth birthday too. Mom and Dad: "THERE IS NO JESSICA," Narrator 4: said Ruthie's parents. But there was. She went to bed with Ruthie, she got up with Ruthie, and she stayed with Ruthie all the while in between. Narrator 5: On the night before the first day of kindergarten, Ruthie's mother said, Mom: "I think Jessica should stay home tomorrow." Narrator 1: Ruthie's father said, Dad: "You'll meet a lot of nice children. You can make new friends." Narrator 2: But Jessica went anyway. Narrator 3: Jessica wanted to go home so badly that Ruthie had to hold her hands and whisper to her. When the teacher announced everyone's name, Ruthie and Jessica weren't listening. Narrator 4: Jessica crawled through a tunnel with Ruthie, she took a nap with Ruthie, and she shared Ruthiešs paintbrush during art. Narrator 5: When all the children lined up two-by-two to march to the lavatory, Jessica was right next to Ruthie. A girl came up to Ruthie and stood by her side. Jessica: "Can I be your partner?" Narrator 1: she asked. Ruthie didn't know what to say. Jessica: "My name is Jessica," Narrator 2: said the girl. Ruthie: "It is?" Narrator 3: said Ruthie. Narrator 4: The girl nodded. Ruthie: "Mine's Ruthie," Narrator 5: said Ruthie, smiling. And they walked down the hallway hand-in-hand. Narrator 1: Ruthie Simms didn't have a dog. She didn't have a cat, or a brother, or a sister. But Jessica was even better.
Scripted by Jill Jauquet