Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Monologue Mania Day # 742 Why I Love Guinea Pigs by Janet S. Tiger Feb. 24, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day # 742 Why I Love Guinea Pigs by Janet S. Tiger Feb. 24, 2016 
Just received the good news that my one-act, Breeding Grounds (which was originally posted Day # 680  Dec. 23, 2015), was chosen for the 3rd Annual Five Minute Play Festival at the Lawrence Family JCC .  The plays will be seen April 11, 2016 at 7pm - will post more info as I get it.

                                  Why I Love Guinea Pigs    © 
                                                                                A monologue by Janet S. Tiger 
                                                    © 2016 all rights reserved 

          (Woman in late teens, early twenties, enters, she is a little nervous, looks at audience, listens)

We got our first guinea pig when I was five.  We called him Brownie, because he was chocolate with black streaks, and looked like a big, delicious brownie!  

And so it began.

Sometimes I would smuggle him to school, and everyone would have fun playing with him - until I got caught.  It happened when he smelled a boy named Bryan eating a sandwich with some lettuce, and started squeaking right in the middle of math class!  Everyone started laughing, and even the teacher let him run around for a few minutes.  It sure was better than math!

Over the years, we had many guinea pigs, including some born on Christmas - that was the best gift I ever got!

Watching the mothers give birth was amazing, and made me wonder if I would ever have babies of my own - and if they would be so cute.

        (She takes a breath, then rubs her arm)

I started burning myself when I was ten, just after, I don't want to talk about that yet.  The guinea pigs helped me hide from my pain a little, and I realized I could avoid the need to feel pain if I held my favorite pig, Miss Piggy.

Now, I like to look at pictures of guinea pigs on the Internet.  There are so many cute guinea pigs!  Some of them do tricks, and there are guinea pigs all over the world! 

       (She hugs herself, spins around)

I wish I could have one of my guinea pigs here.....I know they won't allow any pets in this place, and until I am on my own, safely, for a few months, a pet is not recommended, but I miss them so much!  They're so cute, and cuddly, and they never say mean things.....and, maybe they sometimes bite, but never on purpose...only if you have food in your hand.......and they.never, ever.....hurt you.....

       (She looks at her arms again, tracing a scar)

And.....maybe......I didn't succeed in really hurting myself because....I was holding my guinea pig, and she told me..... to get help.....

       (She turns to leave, stops, looks back)

And that's why I love guinea pigs......

        (She walks off slowly, to a land of guinea pigs)
Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315
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1 comment:

Jennifer Silva Redmond said...

Beautiful but sad. Congrats on the play!