Friday, July 29, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #898 Origins (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) July 29, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #898 Origins (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) July 29,  2016

   For more monologues and scenes from CAREGIVERS ANONYMOUS, please see Days # 268  
 270,  271 ,273  284   285286 314, 317   380  412  444  454, 455456,   473  474  475, 476, 483  484   513 514  566  566  569  666  - 692  - 702  - 714  777   778  782 - 783  797  802  812  820  874  -881 -889, 893 and today's, 894

As I write Caregivers Anonymous, I have to do assorted monologues on characters who may or may not be in this version of the show.  This monologue is background on the group - it may or may not be included, but it is necessary for me- the playwright - to know this!  Thank you for joining me on this journey......
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                                              (for Caregivers Anonymous)
                                            (Not) A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   
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            (The leader of the group stands and looks at the newbie, puts a hand to an ear)

Did I hear a question?  The inevitable question about the origin of this noble gathering?

Whatsa matter?  You don't trust the brochure?

            (Opens a paper, reads)

'Caregivers Anonymous began as a small group of friends who got together to compare notes about taking care of others.  This grew into a collection of caregivers exchanging ideas, stories and experiences for over......well...many years.'

I just love public relations!

              (The group laughs together)

The reality - the first four members used to take their assorted - and sordid - patients - to a local donut shop!  And while the patients compared notes  about biopsies and bunions and....... bowel movements......the caregivers would get a sugar high - fueled by super caffienated coffee to keep us going!

We decided that keeping sane was impossible, but maintaining some level of functionality was optimal, so we codified our meetings at this lovely hall......still fueled by these amazing donuts.....thank you,my friend!.....and the industrial coffee.

One of our members had been in publicity B.C. –Before Caregiving! - during the normal part of their life.....had even known some famous people! they designed the name, and logo - which incidentally, we tell everyone the four characters stand for the patient, caregiver, family and community - but the truth was the original four of us.....of which I am the last!

And so we became .....horrible word!....legitimate.....and the one good thing we did......we decided to call ourselves anonymous, so we could all tell the truth.....the whole truth.....and nothing but the donut hole truth.........without having to pretend........

And so here we are......still guzzling the coffee......and chomping the donuts......or is it chomping the coffee and guzzling the donuts?  Whatever it is.....we're still here....and we're still anonymous.....and thank God for that!  We say.....together all!...God grant me the serenity to accept the diapers we cannot change......the courage to change the ones we can....and the wisdom - and the nasal clarity! -to know the difference!

        (Raises a coffee cup as the others raise theirs and cheer)

Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315
Member Dramatists Guild since 1983
Swedenborg Hall 2006-8

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1 comment:

Jennifer Silva Redmond said...

I like it... Especially the prayer!