Saturday, May 20, 2017

Monologue Mania Day # 1192 Danger Zone (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) May 20, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day # 1192 Danger Zone (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) May 20, 2017  

        
                                                  Danger Zone
                                                      
                          (for Caregivers Anonymous)
                                             a monologue by Janet S. Tiger 
                                                (c) all rights reserved (c) 2017

        (Woman stands, goes to the wheelchair and addresses the others)

        I was wild in high school, barely survived college!

Now, my idea of danger - sometimes, I reach for the toaster, and lift it by the top, with my hands touching the inside!  And for an extra thrill, I don't dry my hands too much!

As yet, no charge - no electrifying zap.  But that's not all I do.  Sometimes, when I am washing the clothing, I forget the bleach - on purpose.  What if there was a stain I missed?  That got something contaminated that the hot water and the dryer didn't eradicate?  What if a terrible illness spread throughout the land, just like in Albert Camus' The Plague?

(Sighs)  But it doesn't.  I do remember that one book from the one college class I was not completely drunk in - it was the middle of the day, so my hangover had subsided, and the teacher was adorable, so I would actually pay attention.  He was older, oh, he must've been 40!  Oh, how old that was!  And he looked at me, and listened to me!  I almost learned something in that class!

Maybe I did, Camus.  I read a few of his books and I think that's what got me started into teaching English.  That was the end.  You can't be a drunk teacher.  And I married another teacher.  (Laughs)  Yes, I married the Camus teacher.  The old man.  Now he really is an old man.....and I am 20 years younger and his caregiver.  He was never wild in college, so I had to settle down.

and then he got sick.  Amazing how the things you never plan for happen.  Surprise!

So now my crazy is little bits stolen.....speeding around a corner when I see there are no cops.  Taking a nip before bed......the same bottle for a year because.....I can't be drunk now and miss the pills.

So I look for new adventures!  What do you guys do that's wild and crazy!  Tell the truth!

        (She turns to the others and they tell her....in another day's listing)

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