Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #909 Last Straw (for Caregivers Anonymous)by Janet S. Tiger (c) Aug. 9, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #909 Last Straw (for Caregivers Anonymous)by Janet S. Tiger (c) Aug. 9,  2016

        Not sure where this will go, but it's one idea for a group activity....based on reality, of course!

                                                        The Last Straw
                                                       (for Caregivers Anonymous)
                                     (Not)      A monologue by Janet S. Tiger  (c) 2016 all rights reserved

           (The leader, JEANNIE, comes forward and is holding a packet of noodles that are used in a pool for flotation.  The others groan but are also giggling.)

JEANNIE -  I can tell that it is now time for our very special part of the evening.....one that is inspired by the classic words often told to caregivers......everyone....

         (She raises her arms and the others join her)

JEANNIE -  God never gives us more than we can handle!

         (The others start to laugh out loud)

JEANNIE -  And everyone here knows that is one of the biggest piles of horse manure ever!  I sure know God has given me plenty of stuff I can't handle!

Anybody else get a load they can't handle once in awhile?

           (Everyone raises a hand)

And the fact is.....if God is doing this to us, then we must be the biggest reality show in Heaven!  Good for laughs and tears!  Highest ratings!  And no chance of being cancelled because who would take care of all these people?

          (The others chime in and Jeannie waves the noodles)

  Who feels the most put upon, the most exhausted, the most.....well who wants to be our CAMEL FOR A DAY?

           (One of the group stands and sheepishly comes up to the table and leans over, Jeannie puts on one of the noodles.)

What was that you were telling us?  Relatives coming to help and making a big mess they never clean up?

            (Puts on another noodle for each problem)

Two doctors appointments that were cancelled just as you got there!  And the traffic made your car overheat!  And you found out your mechanic was on vacation that week......and the person you're taking care of had an accident in the car!.......and the groceries delivered to your house came when you weren't home and they left them in the sun.....and you lost your favorite pen in the hospital.....

          (The pile of noodles is teetering)

Why is it that no matter how many straws we get, it's never enough?

          (She waves hands and they answer together)


          (The others take the noodles - lights down)

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

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1 comment:

Jennifer Silva Redmond said...

It never rains but it pours... noodles!