Sunday, October 8, 2017

Monologue Mania Day # 1333 This Cup by Janet S. Tiger (c) Oct. 8, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day # 1333 This Cup by Janet S. Tiger (c) Oct. 8, 2017    

For grandma, thank you for the cup- and the great stories!

                                                        This Cup
                              by Janet S. Tiger  (c) 2017 all rights reserved     

                 (Person holds up a small object)

This is the reason I am alive....okay, one of them.

But I found it when I went through some old boxes from my grandmother.  She didn't save a lot of things, but I'm glad she saved this.  I remember her using it when we were kids.... 

You know what it is?


           (Opens the object, unfolds it to show a metal drinking cup)

See this?  It's a cup.

That's right, just a cup.

But not just any's old,made out of metal, not like the new ones, that are plastic and break in ten seconds....after you try to use it the first time!

But this cup, this was my grandmother's, given to her by her mother.  She would tell the story whenever she used it at a water fountain.....

When did she first use the cup?

Around the turn of the 20th Century.....when people in public places used a faucet and a communal cup.....when she told me, I could see the fountain....or the faucet....where everyone drank from the same cup that was on a string........everyone except those who had the intelligence to buy these folding metal inventions!  That would be my great grandmother....

My grandmother said her mother never went past high school, but she loved to read, and she would read all of the medical journals in the library where she worked putting books away on shelves.

And she had discovered that diseases were spread by using the same cup, so she bought the folding metal cup at a show in 1897, the date is stamped right here.....

        (Holds up the cup)

And the next year, there was an outbreak of the flu....not as bad as during World War 1, but bad enough to kill a lot of people.....including many of the people in the town where my ancestors lived!  But not my family......they had not partaken of the shared germs in the public places, and they survived the troubles.....and so here I am.  Alive today because of a cup....a metal cup.

Each of us is alive because of a series...of metal cups.  The difference is that....I know about it.....and you can only guess......

The moral to this story?  Don't drink out of the same cup as everybody else, and your grandchildren will thank you...

         (Turns to leave, lifts the cup)

To life!

        (Exits while putting away the cup....for another story)
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