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Mildred's Mouse House
by Lynda Schultz 
11/21/05
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Synopsis: Millie discovers a unique way of giving Jesus the birthday present He could have used two thousand years ago.

Characters:
Mildred, a child of about 7
Robin, Mildredís 12 year old brother
Mom

Location:
A kitchen with a back door leading to the yard.


Scene One
Mom is in the kitchen cooking. Robin is working on homework at one end of the kitchen table. Mildred is at the other end, elbows on the table, holding up her head with her hands, looking very glum.


Robin (looking up and across at Milly):
"Mr. Henderson paid me yesterday. Now I have enough to do ALL my Christmas shopping."

Mom:
"Thatís nice. If you like, we can go to the mall on Saturday. Milly can come with us."

Milly:
"Donít want to."

Mom:
"Why not?"

Milly:
"Donít have any money. Canít buy anything for anybody without money."

Robin:
"Iíll lend you some. Course, Iíll have to charge you interest."

Milly:
"Whatís ďinterestĒ?"

Mom:
"Donít pay any attention to your brother. Heís being silly. Maybe you could make some Christmas presents out of things you already have."

Robin:
"I donít want some of her homemade junk."

Mom (with warning in her voice):
"Robin, thatís enough. With that kind of attitude you donít deserve any kind of present from Milly. Maybe we could make things easier for all of us this year. How about we write down the names of all the people we are going to give presents to and put them in a hat. Then each of us can draw a name and buy a present for just that one person?"

Robin:
"Hey, then I only get one present."

Mom:
"Robin, Christmas isnít about how many presents YOU get, remember?"

Robin:
"Okay, okay. Actually itís not a bad idea. Then I only have to buy one present and Iíll still have money left for me."

Mom (signs and shakes her head):
"Sometimes, I wonder if Scrooge didnít somehow get trapped in a twelve year oldís body."

Robin:
"What?"

Milly:
"Whoís Scrooge?"

Mom:
"Never mind. Itís not important."

Milly:
"I ALWAYS wonder about Robin. But I donít even have money for one present. What if I get Grannieís name?"

Robin:
"Thatís easy. Grannie says sheís going to heaven soon and there isnít a thing that she needs. You wouldnít have to buy her anything."

Milly & Mom (horrified)
"ROBIN!"

Robin:
"Well, thatís what she said."

Mom:
"You know, I think I have the solution to this problem. How about we donít buy any presents for anyone this year?"

Robin and Milly:
"Mom!"

Mom:
"No, Iím serious. Whose birthday is it anyway?"

Milly:
"Jesusí birthday."

Mom:
"Right. So, why are we buying presents for everyone except the person who is celebrating the birthday?"

Robin:
"Cause we have to. Weíve always done it that way. We need to. I NEED Christmas presents."

Mom:
"Look at it this way, Robin. Think of all the money you will have left from your paper route if you donít have to buy any Christmas presents."

Robin (thinks for a moment):
"Well, there is that."

Milly:
"But, Mom. I still donít have any money to buy Jesus a Christmas present either."

Robin:
"Jesus is like Grannie. He doesnít need anything either cause heís already in heaven."

Milly (throws something at her brother):
"Mom, tell him to stop."

Mom:
"Yes, Robin, please stop being disrespectful. You are rightÖ"

Robin (interrupting):
"See, I told you."

Mom:
"Öto a point. How about we think about doing, rather than buying?"

Robin:
"What good stuff doesnít cost money?"

Mom:
"If we had been around when Jesus was born, we could have done lots of things for him with what we already have. Robin could have given up his bedroom so that Mary could have her baby in a warm and safe place."

Robin:
"Why my room?"

Mom:
"Milly, you could have given him your dollís bed so that he would have a nice place to sleep. I could have given some of this nice chicken soup to Mary and Joseph and warmed a bottle of milk for the baby".

Milly:
"But Jesus is in heaven, and he doesnít need me to do anything like that for him now."

Mom:
"Well, you could do something for him, by doing something for someone else, just as if you were doing it for Jesus. Heís like that kind of present. Think about it for a while. Meanwhile son, you and I have a date upstairs with your room. We clean it or we condemn it."

Robin:
"Aw, Mom. You canít be serious."

(Mom leads Robin off protesting all the way. The lights fade with Mildred still sitting at the table deep in thought.)

Scene Two
The lights come up as Milly closes the door leading out into the back yard. Mom enters with Robin.

Robin (complaining):
"Four hours, I canít believe it took us four hours to do that room. Iíll never be able to find anything ever again. Iím wiped. Iím starving. Whenís dinner?"

Mom:
"Soon. Clear your things off the table. Milly can set it and weíll be ready to eat."

(The children begin those chores. Mom reaches for her pot holder only to discover that itís missing.)

Mom:
"Milly, have you seen my pot holder? I thought I left it right here beside the stove when Robin and I went up to clean his room."

Milly:
"I took it."

Robin:
"Well, give it back so we can eat."

Mom:
"You took it? What for?"

Milly (hesitatingly):
"I got thinking about what you said, you know, doing something to help someone else, just as if I was doing it for Baby Jesus. I needed the pot holder."

Robin:
"I knew it. Too much thinking and sheís flipped out."

Mom (in a warning tone of voice):
"Robin. You did want supper, didnít you?"

Robin:
"Sure. (Pause) Oh, I get it. Zip the lip."

Mom:
"Right. Now, Mildred, explain to me what the pot holder has to do with what we talked about?"

Milly:
"Well, Jesus doesnít need a bedroom or a blanket or chicken soup or milk, but I found someone else who does. But my blanket didnít fit in the bed, so I took the pot holder to use as a blanket."

Mom:
"You used the pot holder for a blanket. What person do you know who would need a pot holder for a blanket?"

Mill: (beginning to look a little worried):
"I donít know any babies like Jesus that I could do something for, so I thought maybe helping other babies might be okay."

Mom:
"Other babies? What other babies?"

Milly:
"Um. Dad plugged the hole going into the basement last week so that the mice couldnít get in the house."

Mom:
"Yes?"

Milly:
"Well, He took the mice out of the basement before he plugged the hole."

Mom:
"Yes?"

Milly
"Itís cold outside and they canít come into the basement, or live in the house."

Mom: (slowly)
"Y-e-s?"

Milly:
"The mice had babies. I saw them in the shed."

Mom:
"Okay."

Milly:
"So I took my old doll house out to the shed. I put it down flat and filled all the rooms up with those wood shavings that dad had in the basement. But I didnít have any blankets to put on top to keep the babies warm. So I took the pot holders."

Mom:
"All of them?"

Milly:
"Mostly. Iím sorry."

(Milly begins to cry.)

Mom:
"Milly, honey, donít cry."

Milly:
"Youíre not mad at me?"

Mom:
"No honey, Iím not angry with you. You did for those mice what you would have done if Jesus had needed a warm place to sleep, didnít you?"

Milly:
"I wanted to. I thought that if the mice were happy and warm, Jesus would be too. But I am sorry about the pot holders."

Mom:
"I really do want those pot holders back. But donít worry. I think I can find something that will work just as well to cover up the babiesí beds and keep all of them warm."

Robin:
"Can we eat now?"

Milly:
"Mom?"

Mom:
"Yes, honey."

Milly:
"I did something else too."

Mom:
"What did you do?"

Milly:
"I took the mice some chicken soup."

Robin:
"You did what?"

Mom (laughing):
"Did you leave enough for us?"

Milly:
"I think so."

Mom:
"Good. Put the bowls out and then you can give thanks."

(Milly puts out the bowls and Mom serves the soup.)

Milly:
"Dear Jesus. Thank you for Mom and Dad. And Robin too. Thank you for giving us a warm place to live, and food to eat. Iím sorry no one was there to give you those things when you were a baby but I hope you like your birthday present even if you canít enjoy it yourself. Amen."

(Pause)

"And, Lord, please make sure the mice are careful with Momís pot holders."


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Edy T Johnson  26 Apr 2006
Thank you, Lynda, for this heart-warming play. This is one for the grandchildren. What a neat way to bring home a lesson about the true spirit of Christmas!
Crystal Dueck 22 Nov 2005
Lynda, wow this made me chuckle, it was hilarious in such an innocent way. That dear Milly! Oh that we were all so innocent and loving as she was. Jesus did say after all, "as ye do unto teh LEAST of these...." A wonderful piece of writing Lynda!




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