A young boy (Alfred) is used to being in trouble. On top of getting fired from numerous jobs in the past, Alfred gets caught for stealing a few items from a small pharmacy. Not only that, but he gets caught red handed by his boss, Sam Carr. After threatening to call the police, Sam Carr decides to call Alfred's mother. After a few minutes in awkward silence waiting for Alfred's mother, she finally shows up. His mother is very sweet, calm and reasonable when she talks to Alfred's boss. She manages to convince Mr. Carr that her son isn't as bad as his actions. Sam is charmed with Alfred's mother and decides to let Alfred off with no charges. Alfred is very impressed and proud of his mother for the way she managed the situation and how she looked so confident and sympathetic. On the walk home, it's very silent between Alfred and his mother. Alfred wants to compliment his mother on her clever maneuvering and also break the painful silence. However when he attempts to talk to her, she immediately expresses her disappointment and commands not be talked to. When they arrive home, his mother fixes up herself some tea then sits down at the kitchen table. From a distance, Alfred observes his mother. The woman who was so calm, confident and such a sweet, smooth talker now sits at the table looking so exhausted and tired. Alfred realizes how his immaturity has affected his mother and caused her so much stress. He sees his mistakes have taken a toll on his mother and has left her fragile. Alfred decides he is no longer a boy and he'll take responsibility for his actions and their consequences.