Thursday, May 4, 2017

Monologue Mania Day # 1176 Cinco by Janet S. Tiger (c) May 4, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day # 1176 Cinco by Janet S. Tiger (c) May 4, 2017         
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          (Young man comes out, in a suit and tie.  He takes a deep breath)

My father died just one year ago.  On Cinco de Mayo.....

          (He holds up his hands)

No, don't give me your condolences......I hadn't seen him in ten years.......he died in prison/.....and I didn't go to the funeral.  But on the anniversary, I put on a suit, and I go to church and say a prayer.  Not for him, for me.  Because.....he's gone, and I still need the prayers.

He was in a gang.  For his whole life.  Before prison, when he got of prison, when he went back to prison because he didn't want to make a deal with the police to get less time.  He was loyal.  Never would be a rat.....even though the guys in the gang didn't help my mother and me and my brothers and sisters when my Dad went to prison......I didn't forget that.

It was my uncle, Uncle Miguel.  He helped me.  He gave me a job, made me go to school, be proud of me, not always afraid people would find out....about my father.

A man has a choice.  My father made some bad choices.  I think I learned from him, how to not to live.....

But I can't forgive him for something, something ...I want to be proud of, but I can't.... not yet.

I am proud my family came from Mexico, I am proud that Cinco de Mayo means something to my family........but.....I can't forgive my father ......

          (Shakes his head, turns to leave, stops, looks back)

And his friends, for choosing see.....the name of his gang....was.... Cinco......

         (Lights down, end of scene)

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