Saturday, February 27, 2016

Monologue Mania Day # 745 Respect for the Ocean by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 27, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day # 745 Respect for the Ocean by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 27, 2016 

               From the play  - this is the scene where the President of the Congregation talks with the Rabbi about how dangerous it is to consider what the rabbi is considering.

                                                      Respect for the Ocean© 
                                                                   (The President of the Congregation monologue)
                                                                                 A monologue by Janet S. Tiger 
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         (The President of the Congregation is not a big man, not tall, but he is imposing, and he is not happy with what he sees the rabbi might be about to do.)

Okay, my friend, I have a few words for you......words my mother taught me when I was a little boy at Coney Island.  We would go and I would be itching to jump into the water, and she would get me ready and then she would make me sit down and listen for a minute.  And she would say.....I always had to remember to have .....respect for the ocean.

I was a kid, four, maybe five years old.  I had no idea what she would be talking about, but I would nod, and she would ask me if I understood, and I'd say yes, because all I wanted was to run into that beautiful ocean......and she would shake her head.  'It means, matter what the ocean looks like, how peaceful, how quiet, how sweet.....the ocean is bigger, and the ocean will always win.  So, have fun, but remember that must always have respect for the power of the ocean.'

I have found those words to be true for many pays to have respect for the things that are more powerful than we are.

You, my dear rabbi, are about to start playing in the ocean.....and I can see in your eyes, you do not have the respect you need.  What ocean you ask?  We are 1000 miles from the Pacific.....but an ocean can be many things.....the temptation of  money, of power....of a beautiful are a married man, and you are thinking you can put up a sand castle and make it beautiful and have a big wall to protect it, a wall of silence.

And you think if you build the wall tall enough, the ocean will not get over it.....but you are very wrong.  I learned that the first day at the beach.  I made a beautiful creation, with shells and all types of items I found on the shore.  But I didn't notice the tide had turned - as it always does - and the water came back with at first, just a bit of a bite, but then.....a wave took away all my work......

       (He turns to leave, stops, looks back)

Build your future not with sand.....have your family safe above the level of danger from the ocean.....

       (Lights down, end of scene)


Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315
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