FATHER'S DAY IS EVERYDAY
Copyright (c) 1997 by David Ian
Minimalist stage; costumes neutral, or appropriate (jeans and western shirt for GIRL #1, baseball cap for GIRL #2, etc.)
Different characters tell a memory describing how their father has affected their lives and that he still does.
Girl #1 Young Woman #1
Girl #2 Woman #1
Teenager Man #1
(SCENE: All characters stand in a line, facing the audience in a neutral posture. They animate when it comes time for their part. After they finish their lines they revert back to their neutral posture.)
Girl #1: Daddy would take me out to Uncle Ev's farm, and I'd ride the horses there and feed the rabbits and play with the barn kittens. I always liked going there. Then he took me to rodeos and I got riding lessons over the summer. He always knows just what I wanted. I wanna be daddy's little girl forever.
Girl #2: I think dad was kinda surprised when I told him that I wanted to play little league baseball instead of gymnastics. But he played catch with me and taught me how to hit better. Then during the season he helped me figure out what my earned run averages for pitching were, and my batting averages, (with excitement) and my slugging percentage! Dad can be my coach anytime!
Teenager: I'm sure dad was more nervous about my driving test than I was. But when I passed it the first time, I think he eased up a little. We spent a whole summer underneath some old junker until it purred. I never expected it, but for a special present just before school he got my car a cool paint job. Some guys get really down on their dads. Mine's pretty okay.
Young Grad: I had no idea where I was going for college. I didn't even know what I wanted to do. Just getting through high school was a chore. I'll never forget the day my dad sat me down with a stack of college catalogs and then looked me straight in the eye and said, "If you had your choice of anything you would want to do for the rest of your life, what would it be?" Immediately I said, "I want to be a designer". I didn't mean to be honest. He pulled out a catalog and said, "Well then, let's see about getting you there." I know I wouldn't be where I am today without my dad.
Young Woman #1: Getting married was scary. I know for me it was because I was entering a whole new life,
almost starting all over. But for my dad, he had to let go of "daddy's little girl". He was so proud.
He was so shy towards me on my wedding day, and he looked cute in that tuxedo. When he gave me away, he hugged me and I thought he'd never let go. "Don't worry," I told him. "I'll always be daddy's little girl."
Man #1: Now I'm a dad, and I swear my father had it easier with me; he doesn't seem to think so. I tell him all my concerns, my fears, my hopes, my prayers, and I can just hear him smiling on the other end of the phone.
I know that smile, too. I remember a high school assignment I had that I just couldn't figure out. I knew my dad had the answer, but he wasn't going to TELL me. He just helped me figure it out with some guidance, all the time with that gentle smile on his face. I'll be darned if he isn't using that smile on me even now.
I suppose it's all right, though. The other night my son was trying to put together a model airplane and kept reading the instructions over and over. One time he lookded up at me and said, "What are you smiling at, dad?" I guess I'm more my father's son than I realized.
Woman #1: Dad's retired, now; he's put in his hours. I'm an executive in charge of personnel for a fairly good sized firm. Once and a while when a descision needs to be reached, I'll tell my people that I need to talk to a consultant before I give them an answer. I think most of them are picturing me talking to some sharp yuppy "suit" with a power tie.
I just call dad and ask what he thinks. He knows nothing about the business, but I always respect his judgement. Sure, dad's retired from his work, but he's never retired from being my dad.
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