(scene opens at shady and tree heavy play ground, Carrot & Beta on park bench looking at phone)
Husband: (approaching) What are you looking at?
Me: Doing some Boy Scout learnin’. Beta, what’s that? (points to tree)
Beta: (pleased) Black walnut.
Me: Is it edible?
Beta: (more pleased) Yes. You harvest them in September and can wack them through a hole in a piece of plywood with a hammer to rip the green fleshy part off.
Me: Did we find any?
Beta: (holds up four dirty whole walnuts) Over there. Under the oak tree.
Gamma: (runs over at top speed) Let me see! Let me see the nuts!
Beta: (hunches protectively over his find, scowls) No. Go away. These are my nuts!
Gamma: Let me look! I just want to feel your nuts!
Me: (with heroic nonchalance) Beta, let Gamma feel your nuts.
Beta: (turns with comically horrified look on his face, dumps the walnuts into Gamma’s lap, runs off stage left)
Gamma: (picks up the walnuts) Beta’s nuts are all rough and dirty.
Me: (maintaining composure) They are.
Gamma: (thinks for a moment) What are the other words for nuts?
Me: It depends on the type of nut, I guess. There are walnuts and peanuts and chestnuts and…
Gamma: (interrupts) No. (brow furrows, looking for the right words, said slowly and carefully) What are the other meanings of the word nut?
Me: Oh. (considers options, throws caution) Nut is the slang term for testicle.
Gamma: (makes same face as Beta, jumps up and says loudly) Beta! I have your nuts and I’m going to bury your nuts where you can’t find them and then you won’t have any nuts! (runs off stage right)
Husband: (sits in spot Gamma vacated) Proud of yourself?
Me: Immensely. (watches Beta outrage flail in the distance) You disapprove?
Husband: (shrugs) You’re the one going to be fielding phone calls from the school.