Happy Where I Am©
by Fay Johnson
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Opening: Mom’s kitchen, Grandma is getting ready for her mountain-climbing trip at Pike’s Peak
Grandma Is in her second childhood. She has taken up mountain climbing. She was, for a short time, interested in scuba diving and before that, roller-bladeing.
Mom Is trying to take care of her mother in "her later years," help her oldest daughter tend 2 small children in the afternoon so that her daughter might have some "free" time, and direct her younger daughter’s teenage years.
Daughter 1 Is a new mom with 2 beautiful little girls who are very inquisitive and challenging. She does have support and help from her mom and she is finally beginning to see that mom may know a few things after all.
Daughter 2 A high school senior trying conclude classes, get college preparations completed, and find a date for the prom.
Child 1 The oldest child of Daughter 1, is bossy, wan to know why, how, when, and where. Also is a tom-boy.
Child 2 Youngest child of Daughter 1, is a little lady, wants to play the piano, but can’t yet. Is too quiet at times, yet strong willed. Doesn’t like to be told what to do by her sister.
Neighbor/Friend Back-door friend of mom, who tends to offer too much advice.
Grandma: (comes in singing and bringing in luggage) Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice…
Mom: Mother, I truly wish you would reconsider going on this foolish trip.
Grandma: What would be foolish would be not going. Moses climbed Mt. Sinai when he was 80 years old and continued to climb until he was 120.
Mom: Yes, mother but he also died up there. Why can’t you be like other mothers and take up gardening or painting, just anything -- normal?
Grandma: Now you listen to me missy, I have been training for 18 months for this trip and I can’t wait any longer, besides the others in my group are counting on me to pull my weight, I’m carrying the cooking utensils and some of the provisions.
Neighbor/Friend: You-Hoo, anyone home? I made some preserves and thought you might enjoy some. She’s still going huh? I thought you were going to talk her out of it. You know you really need to get a handle on your mother, if you don’t…
Daughter 2: Mom, I found some really great nail polish that will match my prom dress perfectly, can I have some money for the polish and the shoes?
Mom: Sure, how much do you need?
Daughter 2: Oh $100 should be enough.
Mom: For nail polish?
Daughter2: Well $75 is for the shoes I told you about, $5 is for the nail polish, and the rest if for gas, as I’m totally on empty and then I thought I’d go and get a soda and see if any of my friends are hanging out. (Daughter 2 exits).
Phone: Oh hello (Daughter 1), sure I can watch the girls for a little while. Where are you going? Oh yes I remember, this is the afternoon Bible study day. Sure bring them by and we will just have a great time.
Neighbor/Friend: You know, you are always watching those girls…
Grandma: Those "girls" are her grandchildren.
Neighbor/Friend: Well I was just saying, you pick them up from school, have them most Saturdays, plus taking them to Sunday school.
Grandma: What was it that you brought by?
Mom: Mother. I think there was some other things you needed to get out of the garage.
Grandma: Oh yes, I wanted that Coleman lantern, if it still works… (grandma exits).
(Girls come running in and hug Mom).
Mom: I thought you might help me decorate some cookies for grandpa.
Girl 1: Grandpa said cookies taste better when they are decorated.
Girl 2: He’s just trying to be nice because you make a mess.
Girl 1: No I don’t, you break all yours.
Daughter 1: No arguing. Thanks for watching them mom. I’ll be back in a little while.
Neighbor/Friend: Well I must be going too, I thought I would check on Sarah across the street, she has not progressed very well... (Neighbor/Friend and Daughter exit).
Girl 2: Grandma, when will the cookies be ready to decorate?
Mom: In just a little while, how about you two going outside and inspect the garden for those weeds, do you remember what they look like?
Girls: Yeah. (both exit)
Mom: (sits back with a cup of coffee and spreads the preserves on a piece of toast as she watches the girls out the window). Lord, you know I really don’t want mother to take such chances, but I am so thankful for her health and that I have been able to enjoy her for so long, I pray that you will watch over her no matter what she gets into next. And Lord, thank you that my daughter and her family live so near that I can be part of their lives – and the grandchildren, they are both so beautiful, truly as your Word says "wonderfully made," and thank you for my younger daughter, she is so full of life and fun, so much like her grandmother. And also Lord, thank you for backdoor neighbors, for they are truly special friends. Thank you Lord, for I am happy where I am.
Grandma: Well my group is here, I’ll call you from the summit. (singing) Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice…
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