Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1421 The Thin Ice Dilemma (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 4, 2018

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Monologue Mania Day # 1421 The Thin Ice Dilemma by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 4, 2018                                    
 For other monologues from Caregivers Anonymous, please see Days # 268, 270, 271, 273, 284, 285, 286, 314, 317, 380, 412, 444, 454, 455, 456, 473, 474, 475, 476, 483, 484, 513, 514, 566 and today's 569

                                        The Thin Ice Dilemma

                                           (for Caregivers Anonymous)
                                            A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   
                                                     © all rights reserved

           (A woman comes onstage on skates, pushes the wheelchair while skating, the others cheer her on)

I've started using skates ostensibly for more exercise - but more importantly so I can get more done in a day!  It's a great system!  I put these skates on in the morning and never take them off - all day!  I'm considering wearing them while I sleep to avoid the time wasted by taking them off and on......the only minor problem is showering, but I've solved that by spraying myself with copious amounts of perfume!

           (Just as suddenly, she slows down, sits heavily on the wheelchair, removes the skates)

But then sometimes I plum run out of be honest.....and I know everyone here loves brutal honesty.......sometimes.....I feel like I am skating all the time.....only not with roller skates....but real skates.....skating.....on thin ice.

And you can't slow down on thin ice.  You just can't.  There is no break, no rest for the weary, because we all know the secret of survival......if you just keep going fast enough on the thin ice -it doesn't break.

          (She illustrates by getting up and making moves as if she was skating very fast.)

What a sensation!  The world is a blur of cold wonderment! gives a thrill like none other, because you know what could happen if you don't go....sooooooo

         (She starts to diminish the speed)

But if you take just a tiny little moment to slow down, to rest, you hear a creak……and then…the ice breaks.....!

        (She stumbles to the floor)

..... and you are in the frozen water, drowning, being pushed by forces that you cannot understand.....and it is a kind of scary that you don't want to know!

        (She stands, turns to go to her chair, sits)

And then you wake up!  Okay everyone, back on the ice!

        (The others cheer - end of scene)

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