Saturday, November 19, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #1011 Saved From the Fire by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 19, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #1011 Saved From the Fire by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 19, 2016

                                          Saved From the Fire
                               A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   © all rights reserved

        (Writer at computer, ok, it's me)       
        I write this, and then I push the save button to make sure it doesn't get lost.  And if it does get lost, what have I lost?  Letters on an invisible page.  Saved.  A neighbor - who became a good friend - used to try to save me from the fire.......of damnation.  But what about the real fire?  What if you were facing.....the real blaze that is coming towards you, or worse,  is already inside your house?

What would you save.....if your house was burning down?  What's the one thing you would grab as you raced to save your life?

Would it be rational - your wallet, your car keys, your purse?  Or sensible - it's cold outside so I need shoes and a coat?  In these days, a cell phone?  What would be so important that you would risk an extra second to save it - because that extra second could cost you a life?

I see you, you don't want to think about it!  Walk out!  Go off!  Don't even wrap your brain around the fact that in every life something strange happens, or horrible, and it could be a fire......or even a flood......I want you to think.

And then think about all the people who have been in those fires, and what they mother's house was on fire in the middle of the night.  She was alone, and she heard a noise in the garage.  She smelled the smoke and closed the door - which saved the rest of the house.  And then she walked out out the house.

She did not take anything.  She was barefoot - a neighbor had to loan her sandals.  She had no purse, and nothing except what was on her back.

Her cats were in the house - one - her favorite - was found in her bedroom, dead.

She had no regrets.  I remember that night and I warn everyone.....take nothing.  Leave.  Everything in that house is replaceable.

            (Turns to leave, stops, looks back)

Everything...except you.

           (Exits to pick up son visiting for Thanksgiving!  Welcome back!)

Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315      
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1 comment:

Jennifer Silva Redmond said...

We had time to take what we really feared losing, I took my photo albums. Everything else burned. No regrets.