Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #966 Squeezed (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Oct. 5, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #966 Squeezed (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Oct. 5,  2016

Caregivers Anonymous is-
-the recipient of a San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Program Fellowship grant 
-sponsored by Playwrights Project and 
-has a website now -

For other monologues from Caregivers Anonymous, please see Days # 268, 270, 271, 273, 284, 285, 286, 314, 317, 380, 412, 444, 454, 455, 456, 473, 474, 475, 476, 483, 484, 513, 514, 566, 569, 666, 692, 702, 714, 777, 778, 782, 783, 797, 802, 812, 813, 820, 869, 874, 881, 889, 903, 917, 927, 961 and today's 966

                                               by Janet S. Tiger   
                                     c)  2016    all rights reserved

          (A woman, in her 80s, looks younger, stands, tilts her head, listens)

(Educated English accent) What do I feel?

Let me think......I feel.......squeezed.

You see, it takes two minutes to heat the water for the tea for my husband. And in that two minutes, I can put the sausages and eggs and pancakes up in the pan, so that when the tea is done, the others are almost ready.....and I can sometimes squeeze in a few more things before the eggs are finished.....of course, if he drops a fork, and I have to pick it up, that takes a few precious seconds....

And if he drops some of the 32 pills, well, that fills up a whole five minutes or so looking and trying to figure out what  pills are missing and where they went, and now I have to call the chemist to re-order, and I have to put on the telephone machine that makes it possible for me to hear what they are saying......

All of that living squeezed into just a few minutes.....every second accounted for, so it all fits.....and then of course, there are the horrible wasted minutes in the doctors offices.....some might suggest a nice chat while we wait, but by the  time I've parked the car, he\s dozed off....he does that a lot, especially now that the congestive heart failure has ramped up....and he's too old for a transplant.....and in just a few months, we'll have to start with hospice.....

Just a few weeks, actually, a few days, in a few minutes they'll be here.....and it is all over in just seconds.....

         (She looks around, takes a deep breath)

I no longer have to squeeze in so much into every second of time,  but when I go to get him a cuppa tea, I sometimes start the eggs before I realize, it was just in my head.....'honey can you please get me a cuppa .....'

         (She turns to leave, stops, looks back)

I may not see him so much around the house, but I still hear him.......squeezed into the spaces in my head.....

         (Lights down)
For Derek......lights down, may you rest in peace

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

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