Down the stairs into the living room, which is decorated in the
same fashion -- big console television, Barcalounger, a living
room set from 1961. Through the dining room, with homilies in
needlepoint on the wall: BLESS THIS HOUSE O LORD WE PRAY / MAKE
IT SAFE BY NIGHT AND DAY / BLESS THE FOLKS WHO DWELL WITHIN /
KEEP THEM SAFE FROM HARM AND SIN. Through the dining room door
and into the kitchen:
KITCHEN -- DAY
ADAM's wife BARBARA is in the kitchen.
BARBARA has a kind of wholesome beauty that is mellowing well, as
she approaches middle age. There's a hint of unfulfillment in
BARBARA that gives her a little more of an edge than ADAM. We
will come to see that the only thing missing to complete the
Maitland's happiness is a child.
On the table in the center of the kitchen is a large cake about
three feet by two. BARBARA is decorating it to look just like
the American flag.
It's the first day of
our vacation, and you
haven't been out of the
kitchen since five a.m.
(Proudly) I always make
the flag cake.
Fifty stars, thirteen
stripes. Did you get it
right this year?