Brain: I’ve called this emergency meeting of the department heads today because lately the body hasn’t been getting enough sleep. I’ve formed what I think is a pretty good plan for how to deal with this … Staggered start times. You see, we will introduce the body’s full potential slowly as the day goes on. That way we don’t use so much energy trying to get everything going for no reason.
Hand: I see what you’re saying but … what can you cut? You need us for cereal!
Brain: Yes, hands, feet, legs … You guys are important. Priorities one and two are peeing and cereal and those must be handled quickly.
Eye: You usually turn on the news so you’ll need us and the ears.
Brain: Uh, correction, the LOCAL news. Ears and eyes needed at about 20% for the sake of everyone. You guys will ramp up slowly and be good to go by commute time.
Heart: So … you’re calling for this change in procedure?
Brain: Yeah … so …
Heart: It’s just … Last night everyone agreed they were tired … Eyes, legs, feet, back, just … everyone, even YOU … And yet …
Brain: Look I’m the first to admit, last night was a mistake. I didn’t need to watch an hour of bloopers from shows I’ve never even watched at a time when I should have been asleep.
Heart: LAST NIGHT? You make it seem like that’s not the way it normally is? I think it’s time we vote for new leadership, and I put my name in the mix. I’m the HEART. This show wouldn’t run without me. And what’s more, I’m pretty dang consistent unlike the brain who sometimes chooses to sleep in the middle of the day but wake up at bedtime.
Brain: The brain wants what it wants! And listen, new leadership is –
Foot: I also want to throw my name into the mix for the new leader.
(Heart and Brain laugh.)
Brain: What … How are YOU important?
Foot: …I represent a very important delegation for dancing!
Hip: Not more important than us!
Brain: Thanks for the laugh, hips, that was needed. This was getting tense.
Hip: No really. We are important. You can’t ignore us forever!
Brain: Shhh, shhh, shh. Quiet down. You can raise any concerns at the quarterly meeting.
Hip: …You’ll regret ignoring me someday.
Heart: I don’t see why I shouldn’t be leader, really.
Brain: Heart, you operate at 100% necessary functionality always. Everybody knows I’m willing to sacrifice myself for the good of the body, sometimes forcing myself to ramp up from 10% functionality to 100% functionality over the course of HOURS.
Brain: What was that?
(Suddenly a man on horseback rides in.)
Brain: Who are you?
Mysterious horseback man: My name is Charley, and this is my horse. I’m taking over this place.