Saturday, February 18, 2017

Monologue Mania Day #1102 Thank You Notes by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 18, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day #1102 Thank You Notes by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 18, 2017

                                  Thank You Notes
                                                     A monologue by
                                                    by Janet S. Tiger

         (The writer - yes, me! - comes out onstage)

My mother did many wonderful things for me over my life - too many to recount actually, although I have to say I truly appreciated her shopping for my bathing suits as I got busier with my family.  She is now 90 - 91 in two days - and I can no longer rely on her for swim attire.  A blouse, perhaps, and a dress or two, but the bathing suits....well, I digress.  Much as I loved not having to search for suits, I feel that one of the most important things she did for me was instill in me the importance of....the thank you note.

From an early age, I had to tell her why I liked a present.  She would print this out on a card, and I had to sign my name to it.  Until I could write the whole note, and then ...I was on my own!  Growed up!  Able to say thank you without being reminded!  Okay, maybe reminded.  Maybe nagged.

But over the years, I realized that thankfulness is like any other skill.....when practiced, it gets stronger.  So now I find I am grateful every day, almost all day, because I have so very much to be thankful for - a healthy body, a wonderful family, fantastic friends, and now, tonight, a new play.  Brought to life in a staged reading by an amazing team - for which I am so very thankful.

 Plus - in true theater style, one of the actors came down with strep throat yesterday, so actor Taylor Wycoff jumped in and the whole cast pulled together around her - truly a team effort - a big thank you to all - the actors, the director, the production first intern!  The staff at Playwrights Project, The San Diego Foundation, the lovely folks - Alice and Doug, who enabled this to happen at their spiritual home, The First Unitarian Universalist  Church....and the audience of friends, family and strangers! - that braved the rain to watch a new play and give me feedback - I thank them all, with my words, and my heart.

For this play is about caring, and when we care, I feel the essence is in thankfulness - we are thankful the person is still with us, thankful we can help.  Thankful for every small success.....and when we lose someone we have cared for....we are thankful for the time we had together, the love and the shared memories....the life.

So I thank all those involved with this project- and all those who have helped me get to this time.

And I am not turning to leave, stopping and looking back, I am going to stand here, and say a great big THANK YOU!

           (Now I get to exit - but with a big smile and heart full of gratitude!)

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

1 comment:

Jennifer Silva Redmond said...

Sorry I missed it...looking forward to the next performance!