Monday, August 29, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #929 Thank You (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Aug. 29, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #929 Thank You (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Aug. 29,  2016 

This is to commemorate yesterday's Caregivers Focus Group, held at the Linda Vista Village Community Room.  The first public event in the year of Caregivers Anonymous.

                                        Thank You!

            (The writer comes out - she is tired but very happy, yes, the writer is....... me)

A real group of caregivers.  Amazing.  All together for the first time - different ages, from 22 to 82!  From New York to New Zealand.....and with a common thread, all had taken care.  Of others.

And now, they came together to share.  To share stories, to laugh together, to cry find the common ground.

The group met at a community room, informal, with a pool outside and the sound of children playing, children with caregivers unable to come to a caregivers meeting because they were.....taking care.

Friends and neighbors, some who spoke, others who were quiet, one gentleman who watched from afar, who came over after everyone had left and told me that if he had been there, he would have cried the most.

So it begins.  The year of Caregivers Anonymous.  A play to shine a light on caregivers - what they do, how they they survive in the midst of a lot of.....hard stuff.

This gift of a fellowship grant from The San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Program has been given to me with a great responsibility attached - to do the best job I can to succeed at illuminating a field that is often in shadow because the characters are too busy to tell their stories.  So I have the job.....the joy....of doing it for them.  For us.  With their stories as my flashlights I start the journey.

The gift is helped by the producing arm of Playwrights Project, whose founder comes to this first meeting and brings her experience  - and insightful questions - to the table.

The gift is also enabled by my family and friends, who have loved and supported me throughout the time leading up to this.

I look forward to this year, and thank the first caregivers - and all the others - for this amazing opportunity.  Let the play begin!

         (The writer waves to all - and goes off to think about the stories she heard, to be grateful for such gifts.....and to write the play!)

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

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