Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #1035 Believing is Seeing by Janet S. Tiger (c) Dec. 13, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #1035 Believing is Seeing by Janet S. Tiger (c) Dec. 13, 2016
                             Believing is Seeing
                                 A monologue by Janet S. Tiger (c) Dec, 2016
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         (Woman enters, dressed in native African village garb.  She uses a cane, is blind, but not stumbling.  She faces the audience. listens, then smiles)

Many questions.  You ask some questions that are easy, but some that are not easy to answer.  I can tell you the answers that are simple.  How did I come here?

          (She illustrates with her hand outstretched)

The man who helped me walk here, the man whose shoulder I held onto for all these miles, he is a neighbor.  He has helped me since my husband died.  And I help him with his children since his wife is always sick now with fever.

You say these questions will help raise the money for these operations. And the people who send the money live many miles away.  Ten thousand miles away.  On the other side of the world.

How many miles have I come?  When you cannot see, there is no distance.  But.....they tell me I have walked 200 miles to come here, to have a strange woman doctor cut into my eyes.  So that I can see again and plow my field.

And feed my children.  Why did I come, when so many of the others are afraid......I am not sure.

       (She thinks and nods)

A good question.......Why am I here?  A miracle.  That is why I am here.  I was not sure....perhaps, I am still not sure.....but I had a dream.  My grandmother came to me.  She was blind from when I was a little girl.  But in the dream, she could see, and so could I, again.

I asked her if I could believe what I had heard about this place.  Miracles.  Could I believe in a miracle.  She told me, sometimes a miracle comes to you.  Like when my baby was born, and he was dead, but then, the cord fell off and he came to life....a miracle.   So, yes, if you ask me, I do believe there are miracles......

         (She turns to leave, stops, looks back) 

But sometime ......she tells me in the dream....sometime.....you have to go to meet the miracle.  

         (She exits to live a miracle)


Based on a wonderful program - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/09/blindness-treatment-medical-science-cures/
that helps people blind due to cataracts.  God bless these people!

At an eye clinic in Omaruru, Namibia, surgeon Helena Ndume (standing at left) rejoices with patients after removing bandages from their eyes. The day after a cataract operation, most recover a degree of sight that they haven’t had in years.

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1 comment:

Jennifer Silva Redmond said...

What a beautiful story--thank you!