Monday, February 20, 2017

Monologue Mania Day #1104 The Joy of Pain by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 20, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day #1104 The Joy of Pain by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 20, 2017
                                             The Joy of Pain
                                                 (for Caregivers Anonymous)
                                              by Janet S. Tiger (c) Feb. 20, 2017
                                                 (c) 2017   A monologue by
                                                    by Janet S. Tiger

        (The woman is very unassuming, not shy, but very quiet.  She stands to address the others)

I have a confession.  (quickly)  No, it's not that I hurt someone I took care of, heaven forbid even thinking about that!  No, but I just went to a movie, and I got there before my friend, and it was getting close to the time, so I texted her that I'd be in the theater, and went to look for my movie.  Oh my, it's been so long since I went, now there are so many I found it!  Or so I thought. And I went to sit down and the movie started and...Oh!.  I was in the wrong theater!

       (She puts her hands to her cheeks)

I mean, I knew there were movies like that, but I never thought I'd actually watch one!  Horrifying! S and M!   Even the name of what they do is frightening...sado- masochism!

Well, here's the thing about having watched even just a bit....and no, Clark, I am not interested in something strange - or in your case, even listening to your strange!

No, I  realized that, surprisingly enough....I just might be.... a masochist!   Not with the whips and chains and funny costumes, but  I guess I'm a person who likes pain, and well, I don't really like pain, but I put up with it for....most of my life, because, I like what I get out of it....I like what I get out.. of caregiving

So painful, so much of the days....and nights.  Taking care of first my little brother, then my mom and dad, and my kids, and uncle and aunt, and now .....Now I get paid for the people I take care of, but it's all the love the people.  You can't help it.  Taking care of another person's body, and talking to them all day, for weeks on end when the family goes on a cruise......and then you get to make that person smile, and you listen to stories about times ya never heard about before....and you learn things, those are the gifts you get.....and then you get, the pain.  When they ....go downhill....or get so bad they need more than you can give....or when they ...pass on.

There's a powerful pain!  I mean, it hurts very deep - and I suppose, that in its own way, that pain has a touch of pleasure, because to forget how much it hurts, I think of the blessings of caring for these people and I .....feel good again.

          (Turns to sit down, stops, looks back, then up)

But I still don't like those outfits!

          (Sits as the others laugh)


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