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Monologue Mania Day #1543 Why So Long? (for V-E Day) by Janet S. Tiger May 8, 2018

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Monologue Mania Day #1543 Why So Long? (for V-E Day)  by Janet S. Tiger  May 8, 2018
In honor of all those who fought ....including my father......

                                             Why so long?
                                               (For V-E Day)

                             A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   © all rights reserved  2015                                                                             

         (The older man is sitting peacefully, he has a cup of coffee which he is nursing.)

Now that's a question I've heard before a few times.  Why have I stayed married to the same woman for all these years.....

          (Waves his hand)

Oh, you may have phrased it different, you may have asked the reasons, what it took, to what do I attribute the long marriage......but however you say it, it boils down to the same thing.

Same woman, so many years.

        (He takes a swig of the coffee)

Some of these movie stars consider it to be a big thing if they last a year, five years they get an award, and if they somehow make it to 10, oohoeeeee!  They get a special event on television!

But me, I lived through the war.  We got married right at the end, after it was officially over, but I proposed on V-E day.  Because I had been through it, my young friend.  I was wounded twice, lost one lung, which I didn't need anyhow as the other has done just fine for all this time.....I'll be 92 in September.......and I can still breathe!

          (Takes a deep breath, coughs a bit)

Well, as long as I don't overdo it.......What was the question?  (Listens)  Oh, yeah, I remember.  Why Betty after all these years?

I'll tell you.... when you have seen the things I have, when you have started the day with 170 men in your troop, and you end with 41, somehow, when a woman annoys you a little, when she talks too much, or she buys something silly, or she complains about something you don't even remember you did 25 years matter what, you are glad you are one of the 31, and not the rest, buried in some small town with a name you will never forget.

         (He touches his eyes, takes another deep breath, and another sip)

Does that answer the question?  I hope so.  Because that's what we fought for, all those years ago, the right to decide who we will spend our days....and our nights with......and now, I have to go to take a nap.  So I can be ready to go out to Denny's with some of my buddies to celebrate V-E day.......we like to celebrate for all the guys who can' please excuse me.....

         (He finishes the last swallow of coffee, gets up, turns to leave, stops, looks back)

And I stayed because....she's still the most beautiful girl in the whole world......

         (He nods and walks out slowly.  Thank you to all who fought - and fight - for the freedoms we 
enjoy every day!)


first posted Day #450 Why So Long? (for V-E Day)   May 8, 2015

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