Thursday, February 2, 2017

Monologue Mania Day #1086 Lost (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 2, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day #1086 Lost (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 2, 2017

                  (for Caregivers Anonymous)

                 by Janet S. Tiger all rights reserved
I never lose anything!

            (The others laugh)

But it's true!  I found the secret to to never losing's not much of a see it's only logic!  I know that everything is RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.....on this planet.

            (Others really laugh)

You laugh, but think about it....that really narrows down the is a HUGE universe, and now, it turns out, there may be INFINITE UNIVERSES!  So to know that any object is RIGHT HERE on this Earth, well, that is truly helpful!


What if it was burned up.....or flooded?  or even worse.....eaten?

Well, try not to be so's still here, just in a different form!

How do I know all this - experience!

            (He goes to the wheelchair, sits)

A smudge on an x-ray.  When you hear those words, start praying it was just the technician and a big thumb......because it's never good, that smudge.

The doctor told us my wife had a smudge.....and needed a few more tests.


He talked to us and told us the news.   Good and bad.  We held hands.  She was 49.

Young, still beautiful.  Not cancer.  You'd think that was good news.  Funny about news.  Would I have preferred cancer?  We might have had a chance against cancer....

But the testing had made our doctor concerned did he put it?  Cognitive function.  The way my wife answered questions.  How she got lost coming to one of the tests, that she wrote everything down, yet couldn't keep up with all the details like she once could......everyone worries about these things, but the doctor had a mother who had early Alzheimers, so he saw something, and she was tested, and it actually was genetic.  Both her parents had died young, so no family history to warn brothers, no sisters.....(sighs)....and so the long road begins.

 After awhile, she couldn't work.  We took a few trips, but things progressed rapidly, and suddenly, I couldn't work, and our money was slowly disappearing.....

Of all the things I've ever lost.....dreams .....that's the one you have no trouble finding.  In your mind, reminding, in your heart.....beating the notes for a song that lasts forever.......

(sings)  You've got to win a little, lose a little, yes, and always have the blues a little, that's the story of, that's the glory

So...just as we were about to lose our home, my parents were killed in a car crash, and, being the last of my brother and sister died when I was a baby.....I inherited my folks' maybe not millions...but the royalties on their songs, and jingles, and we kept the house.....and I have enough for round the clock nursing.....and she has no idea who I am......

The therapy has taught me that I need to be grateful for the time we had- good times, those we can't lose.....Or can we?

         (He turns to go back to his chair)

So next time you lose something, think about it...maybe it is isn't that WE lost something.....maybe, WE are the lost.....

          (Franklin sits.  Lights down, end of scene)
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