Saturday, January 6, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1424 Palimpsest (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 7, 2018

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Monologue Mania Day # 1424 Palimpsest (for Caregivers Anonymous) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 7, 2018     
    For other monologues from Caregivers Anonymous, please see below for days and links


                                    (for Caregivers Anonymous)
               ©Janet S. Tiger
          all rights reserved 2015

           (The well-dressed woman comes up to the wheelchair and does not sit in it.  Instead, she touches the wheels and then spins it around)

I look at this chair and I think of something so strange, I am almost embarrassed to mention it.  I don't know if any of you remember that in my days before caregiving, I was a researcher, at the natural history museum, and I was in charge of all new acquisitions.  (sighs)  I enjoyed that......(Remembering)  Sometimes we got in what is known as a....always loved this word!....a palimpsest.

Now that's just a fancy word for a piece of parchment where the writing has been scraped away so something new can be written on it.  I actually was fascinated by these...palimpsests......because they were mysteries.  What was beneath?  Could it still be seen?  By the new scientific methods, a lot can be favorites were the brass pages.....scraped that they could be re-engraved...

         (She runs her hand over the wheelchair)

Sometimes I wonder about what is being left behind by my husband and me on our with him in his wheelchair.....the Huntington's is advanced now, Brian can't speak anymore, but he likes walks.  And each one leaves scratches on the wheels.  The wheels, the rubber, the spokes.....dust hits and makes its mark....we roll over a stone and it bounces up and dings the metal......

And I wonder if this wheelchair could be scraped down, and if, once scraped down, someone, in a thousand years, could determine that I walked with him in it......and where we went.

Even though I had to retire.- because I was so interested, I've kept studying, and I found that the lovely word palimpsest had other definitions.......

         (She takes out a paper and reads from it)

'In planetary astronomy, ancient craters on icy moons whose relief has mostly disappeared, leaving behind only a trace of a rim....are also known favorite word!  .....palimpsests!.....or ghost craters.....'

(Sad)  Well, my relief has mostly disappeared, leaving behind only a trace......a.ghost crater.....Brian is a ghost of what he was.....and I......crate him around.......

         (The others laugh and applaud as she sits.  End of scene)
First posted Day # 666 Palimpsest by Janet S. Tiger Dec. 9, 2015
For other Days with Caregivers monologues-

Day # 268
 Wheelchair of Fortune Open Act 1

  Opening Act 2

 Free at Last

, 273
  New opening Act 1 , 

  Helping Hands

, 285
, The Day Before

,  The Day Off

  Christmas Evie

  When I Was a We

, 380
  If You Want Closure

  When Does the Day Begin

, 444
  Not Going Back

 Not the End

, Not the End (revised)

  What I Know

  Eggshell Promenade


 Turn Around

 Vacation Daze

  The Wife

, 484
  Not the Wife

, 513
  Travel Toys

  Almost the End


569  Thin Ice Dilemma

666  - Palimpsest

692  - Resilience

702  - Someone Else

714 New Inventions

777 New Journals

778  The Caped Wonder

782 - Duo

783   Day in the Life of a Caregiver

797  Gold Medal

802  Misplaced

812  Paid

820  The Fallen

869  - Free at Last
 (30 second version)

881 - Last Daze

  - Time to Care

  -  Origins

899  -  When Does the Day Begin (revised)


909  -  Last Straw

911  -  Old New Friends

917 - Flopping Fish

911  -  Old New Friends

917 - Flopping Fish

1134  -  End of the Rope (for Caregivers Anonymous)

1140  -  Favorite (Caregivers)

1179  -  Not Gonna Be Me (group Caregivers)

1181  -  How Caregiving Helped Create Silicon Valley  (for Caregivers Anonymous)

1183  -  Not Going Back (for Caregivers Anonymous)

1184  -  The Caregivers Dance (for Caregivers Anonymous)

1185  -  Easy Peesy!  (for Caregivers Anonymous)

1186  -  How Caregiving Helped Create Silicon Valley (for Caregivers Anonymous)

1189  -  More (for Caregivers Anonymous)

1192  -  Danger Zone (for Caregivers Anonymous)

1194  -   Misst  (for Caregivers Anonymous)

1195  -  Rules of Engagement

1196  -  Carving It Out  (for Caregivers Anonymous)

1205  LOUD!

1270  Forgetful

1295  Fireworks

1297 Labor Day

1363  What We Remember

1422  What About Me?

1423  - The Chart of Secrets

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Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315      
Member Dramatists Guild since 1983

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