Theme: It’s another day at the Senior’s Drop In Center and a group of Christian ladies are discussing their lonely feelings. Lonely comes in many forms, for many reasons.
Bible Reference: Psalm 25:18
Cast: 4, to appear as senior ladies
Set, Lighting, Sound, Costumes: standard
Sample of script:
Marie & Jessie come on stage, Norma & Beth sit apart from the others, overhearing some
Marie: We come here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2 PM. . . . Tell me again why we do it?
Jessie: You know very well why we come to the Seniors Drop In Center Marie! . . We have tea and a cookie and beautiful talks with all our friends.
Marie: Oh right Jessie . . . silly me, I forgot about the stimulating conversations with Freeda over there. . . I’m sure I have only heard her tell about her hip surgery maybe a thousand times. . . . Or old Charlie over there asking if I want to see his latest EKG results.
Jessie: They are just lonely Marie.
Marie: Well, so am I! . . . So is every single in this place! . . You are lucky . . . you’ve got your Edward there 24/7.
Jessie: Yes lucky me! . . . I get to see him sitting in front of the TV, sound asleep, never a word from him for hours.
(touches Marie’s arm)
Sorry Marie, I do know I am fortunate having Edward with me. . . I know how hard it’s been on you since Roger passed.
Marie: No Jessie . . . I don’t really think you can even imagine how hard its been. I never had any idea how lonely it is in a house filled with memories of almost 50 years, always expecting Roger would just walk in that door and . . .
Norma moves to Marie & Jessie
Norma: Hi girls, mind if I join you?
Jessie: Come on in and pull up a chair Norma.
Norma: What with the long faces girls?
Marie: Ever noticed back when we were young we would always address our friends as “ladies” . . . As in . . “how ya doin’ ladies?”
Now you get to our age and it’s . . “hey girls?”
Jessie: Guess we always thought things would be so much bigger and better after we got to . . . an older age . . . . any older age.
Marie: Guess it’s human nature to think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.
Norma: Actually the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. . . . But the water bills are higher too.
But back to my question . . . Why the sad faces?
Jessie: Marie and I were just discussing the lonelies.
Norma: The lonelies?
Marie: Dealing with being alone after a life partner is gone.
Jessie: And dealing with married life in the retirement years in those cases when communications just doesn’t happen.
Norma: I can’t imagine.
Marie: You are lucky Norma, never marrying; you don’t have to go through all of this.
Norma: And you arrive at this conclusion exactly how?
Marie: Well it would seem to me you can’t miss what you’ve never had.
Jessie: Marie, you can’t be serious, saying that. . . Having someone there, who cares, is something important in every age, and stage, in life.
Norma: Funny you know, looking back . . . I always thought I would have that special one in my life. . . . And when it didn’t happen early on in life, I didn’t think too much of it . . I was busy, with my career. . . But I always expected Mr. Right would be along. . . And then one day my career was over . . . and here I was . . . still alone.
Beth moves to the others
Beth: Amazing isn’t it? Here we are, . . all seniors. . And in one way or another, for one reason or another, we are all alone.
Jessie: I don’t understand Beth. . . . You aren’t alone. . . . You and Bill have . . .
Beth: Bill announced last week he wants a divorce.
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