Note: Today as a part of the #WriteWithOSMe exercise, Medha ji asked us to, among other things, to consider the character of Ethan and answer three questions about him:

  1. Who is Ethan?
  2. Why is he crying?
  3. What will he do about it?

Here’s how I think the answers pan out for these questions.

  1. Who is Ethan?
    Ethan is a 5 year old child. He stays in an apartment with his parents, John and Jessica and an older 9 year old brother Ted in Inverness, Scotland.  He likes to eat sweets and desserts. He’s a curious child. He’s very interested in experimenting with new objects, instruments and things that he’s never encountered. However, he’s a sensitive one. These traits often land him in trouble with his parents at home, teachers at school and with his friends as well. He would like to negotiate himself out of these sticky situations, sometimes on his terms and sometimes on the other party’s.
  2. Why is he crying?
    Ethan slipped while running onto the bathroom tiles. He’s had an almost perfect record of banging and bumping into things while he looks one way and runs the other way. His parents have frequently reminded him to be wary of when he runs around the house but he would rather focus on chasing the butterfly, pushing his car while it races with other imaginary cars and escaping the wrath of Ted when he messes with his Pokémon cards.
    He usually wears his crocs to the bathroom but today he was in a rush to take a bath because he was promised by Jessica that he would get to watch Peppa Pig only when he takes a bath. Ethan slipped on the water that Ted spilled when he turned on the shower instead of the tap to get water for his science experimental kit he was gifted on his birthday.
  3. What will be do about it?
    Ethan’s in a state of shock. His immediate reaction is to cry out loud with tears welling up and streaming from his eyes. This draws Jessica from the kitchen and John from his work laptop towards the bathroom. They rush to ask him what happened. He describes his fall, though not the reasons for it. He’s not in much of a pain but intends to capitalize on. He doesn’t stop crying despite the attention of his parents as he would like them to promise a longer TV session today and a go at the chocolate ice cream without sharing any of it with the family members.