Monday, April 18, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #796 A Great Year (for The Senior Channel) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Apr. 18, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #796 A Great Year (for The Senior Channel) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Apr. 18,  2016 
                                                    A Great Year
                                                   (for The Senior Channel)
                                                A monologue by Janet S. Tiger 
                                                   © 2016 all rights reserved 

         (An older man strolls onstage, peers at the bright lights.)

This is the very first time I ever done anything like this, boy, is it fun!  When I was a kid, I was skeered of talkin' in front of the class, because, well, I was afraid of somebody laughin'..... but now, I don't care if anyone laughs!  I don't care what anyone thinks!

I watch this channel all the time, and I listen to a lotta people moanin' and complainin' about the good old days.

Well, I lived through a lot of those days, and I would like to know.....what days were they, exactly?  I mean, just some guy last week was here with a whole buncha stuff he bought from the TV - and none of it worked right, and for him, that made his life miserable.  (Imitating)  When I was a boy, we had a toaster that lasted for 25 YEARS!

Good for you...I'll betcha that was the only thing you had in your kitchen, because it was all your ma could afford.  And when she couldn't open a jar, she had someone help her........until she dropped dead doin' all the what year was that that was SO great?

I ask people sometimes......was it 1943?  When it looked like the Nazis and the Japanese might just win World War II?  Or maybe back a ...say 1935....when people were out of work and starving.....but the one screwdriver you had worked great for 50 years!

Or a little 1963....when JFK was assassinated.......or closer.....when they flew into the Towers......or maybe you have a different year....a year that was good for you....well, I got news.....maybe you had a good year, but someone else didn't.......every year has its ups and downs, and maybe if you look at the reality that you are alive this year, and you can look at those beautiful grandchildren you have......or if you don't have any, you can be grateful you don't because those kids always cause heartache to your friends!

           (Hears something, looks to the side)

So, they're wavin' at me to shut up, so I will conclude.......

(Big flourish)  There is no great year!

            (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

Except this one!

            (He laughs and saunters off, happy in his good year.)
Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315
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