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Loss of a Mother

Script By: Beatrice Bee
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One Act that was based on monologue provided earlier. Written 2010


Submitted:Jul 16, 2014    Reads: 15    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


Loss of a Mother

A One Act

CHARACTERS

NEIL

Age: 58

Marital Status: Divorced

Children: Three, two girls and one boy.

Occupation: Manager of a local delivery company's branch.

Neil is by far the most introverted siblings; he renounces his birthright as the oldest to take the role as the leader. He does fairly well financially, but can never maintain a relationship with a woman (whether it be a wife or daughter). After secretly going to therapy for years, his therapist suggested that this problem could possibly because of the lack of relationship between his mother and him. Stuck on this, as his mother grows older he leaves her to fend for her own, as she did him when he was young. Neil and his first wife got married when he was twenty-one, she was nineteen and pregnant with their first child. Looking for help he went to his mom for help, and she told him he had to take responsibility for his own mistakes; from that day on he was bitter and believed his own mother had no compassion for him. A year later when Jacob was born, his mother couldn't help take care of her grandson, Neil is very envious that Jacob received the attention and was able to have a relationship with their mother.

He pays several of his mother's bills, but leaves taking care of his mother to his sisters. Neil cannot deal with anymore grief or sadness, so he shuts it out.

MARGARET

Age: 55

Marital Status: Married

Children: All in mid twenties- two girls and three boys.

Occupation: Works for a company that sells and distributes goods for hotels, restaurants, and businesses.

Margaret has gone through her whole life with the "who gives a rip?" attitude. It's worked out fine for her; she has five children (four which ALSO have this attitude) and doesn't think her outlook has anything to do with their choices of dead end lives. However recent accumulation of debt has put every comfort of Margaret's at risk. In attempt to create a diversion from the collectors at her door, the panicking Margaret turns into an overly motherly and caring one.

She doesn't think highly of her husband, if she ever speaks about him it is to a disrespectful extent.

Her mother's death is the only opportunity she has get out of some of this debt. She takes care of her mother physically and does care about her, but she knows her debt is also a high priority. Susan is the executive of the will and Margaret has been solidifying the sisterly bond between her, in hopes of getting a slice of the pie.

She's also taken some of her mothers jewelry (her ailing mother said it was ok) for her 'daughters', but actually pawned them off for grocery money.

SUSAN

Age: 50

Marital Status: Married

Children: Four two boys and two girls, all in their twenties.

Occupation: Assistant to the Parish director at her local church.

Although she her husband her are considered lower-middle class, Susan believes that their lives have are wealthy in the Lord's blessings; a thirty year strong marriage, a devoted husband, the strength to raise four children of faith, and her job. Her children (Sarah, Noah, Mary, and Adam) and her practice of Christianity are what she finds the most joy in. Her attempts to 'save' her siblings have failed miserably, which she finds as a message from God to take the reigns of her sin bound extended family.

Susan's husband has told her as executive of the Will some of that money needed to go to the church, so her mother could find favor in God's eyes; he also told Susan that most of the money should go to them because they've worked so hard in their virtuous lives. With the husband's word as law, Susan agrees without a second thought about the financial issue; making the sooner her mother's house can be put on the market the better.

AMELIA

Age: 45

Marital Status: Separated

Children: Two boys, teenagers.

Occupation: Receptionist/ Customer service manager at airport.

After her husband's affair put her marriage in shambles, she has maintained strong and focused on the importance of family togetherness. Amelia is the youngest sister and has always struggled to gain respect from her sisters, recently though, she has become a safe house of secrets. Whether she agrees with the actions her siblings have had is beside the point, anything that would cause anymore distance between them. Amelia with the mentality of 'if we act like it's not there, it will go away' from her marriage to her family. She takes advantage of the fact she has close relationships with many of her siblings to bring them closer.

JACOB

Age: 38

Marital Status: Engaged

Children: None.

Occupation: Marketing- Works for an Advertisement firm in California.

As the youngest child he was able to work his way through college while living at home, something none of his other siblings were able to do. The most outgoing, the sibling that enjoys hanging out with. He moved to California for a job and left the rest of his family behind. He comes home every couple months for holidays and birthdays, and thinks he's close with his siblings. His mother and him were extremely close, and she pushed him to succeed and go after the job even though it was so far away. The youngest sibling, 20 year difference between him and Neil. Starts to find that he actually is an outsider, and the family he trusted is falling apart in corruption

FRANK- Susan's husband

PASTOR MARK- Frank and Susan's husband

HOSPICE MEN (2)-Roll out body towards the end.

SCENE ONE

(Quaint ranch house, late afternoon- present day. Upstage is dimmed. NEIL sits at the kitchen table playing with a deck of cards. MARGARET sits at the one of the chairs at the foot of the bed. AMELIA is washing dishes in the kitchen. Lights begin on doorframe, SUSAN unlocks door holding a sack of groceries, while JACOB stands behind her with a duffle bag over shoulder and paper grocery bags in hand.)

SUSAN

(Walking into the house)

We're here, thankfully traffic wasn't bad at all. Here, I picked up some more food for all of us.

(Comes back out to MARGARET)

How is she?

JACOB

(Steps inside and sets down his duffel while SUSAN starts moving to the kitchen. Hugs MARGARET (who doesn't get out of the chair), goes into the kitchen as SUSAN walks out. Looks at NEIL, NEIL looks up from his card game, stands up- hand shake embrace (embrace facilitated by JACOB). SUSAN wipes her hands dry with the dish towel and swings set it down on the counter before fully embracing JACOB. )

SUSAN

(Stands back with arms folded viewing her mother's unconscious state, to MARGARET)

Did her breathing get any better?

(Begins to fluff the pillows and adjust the old woman)

JACOB

(JACOB walks out as SUSAN is adjusting the pillows. Covers his face with one hand and takes a deep breath.)

MARGARET

(continues knitting)

Nothing's changed Susan. I gave her the morphine at three when you were at the airport.

SUSAN

(SUSAN steps back from bed, surveys the old woman again.)

Margaret, help me adjust her.

MARGARET

( Sets her knitting down and gets on the other side of the bed.)

JACOB

(Walks to the foot of the bed, turns his face away for a minute).

AMELIA

(Comes out of the kitchen and puts her arms around JACOB as they watch their mother be adjusted. )

NEIL

( Follows them out of the kitchen and leans against back wall with arms folded)

JACOB

How long has she been like this?

MARGARET

We called you the minute she began to slow down.

JACOB sits down

Amelia

Jacob, the hospice nurses came by earlier.

JACOB

(Looks up at AMELIA, sitting on arm of adjacent chair)

What did they say?

Amelia

Well, that we should spend as much time as we can with her and make her as comfortable. That's all we can do.

JACOB

(Lifts head up and gestures his to his mother)

Doesn't she need to be in the hospital though? Shouldn't we attempt to revive her?

NEIL

She didn't want to be resuscitated, Jake.

JACOB

(Turning his head back in shock towards NEIL)

What?

SUSAN

I'm sorry Jacob you were on that important business trip on the east coast, and I didn't want to ruin it for you when she made the decision.

NEIL

Mom chose it, not us.

AMELIA

Jacob, sweetie, it's hard for all of us right now. All we can do is spend as much time as we can with mom together.

JACOB

(Sitting now, looks down and nods his head)

Where'd this bed come from?

SUSAN

Hospice brought it, we moved her out here in the living room so we could all be with her-

JACOB

but it's not her bed-

MARGARET

If she stayed in the bedroom how could they get her when the time came?

JACOB

(JACOB's face melts in with mention of the death and covers his face again.)

AMELIA

(Comforts JACOB.)

Pause from the cast.

JACOB

Okay. (beat) What happens now?

NEIL

We wait.

SUSAN

Exactly, I'm not sure how long the good lord is going to have us wait this out, but I suggest we get cozy. Oh! I almost forgot, Frank called to see if we needed anything and wanted me to let you know he's stopping our Pastor Mark.

AMELIA

Do you really think mother would appreciate that?

MARGARET

(Abruptly)

I think mom would. Susan what time is Frank coming, are the boys coming too?

SUSAN

At six, and no. They don't have to be here to pray for us. (Beat.) NEIL, is all of this okay with you?

NEIL

(Snidely.)

I don't remember mom ever being a woman of god, but it probably wouldn't hurt her to start now.

SUSAN

Good. You know we're lucky I was able to get a Pastor to come by, I see how busy he is this time of year at work; he does so much work for the lord, bless his soul. Last week when I was with the Parish director I overheard him saying to several couples that Pastor Mark was booked on weddings until next April!

AMELIA

Wow, that's a lot of weddings-

NEIL

( Smirks.)

MARGARET

Man must be a miracle worker.

SUSAN

Well, personally Frank and I don't completely like his sermons compared to the retired Pastor James'. (Beat.) Did you unload the groceries Amelia? There were some perishables in there- (Goes into the kitchen)

NEIL follows SUSAN and sits back down at his game of solitaire.\ MARGARET sits next at end on other chair (the one AMELIA is sitting on the arm of).

AMELIA continues patting JACOB on the back.

JACOB is sitting with his hands on his knees and hands on face while looking at the woman on the bed.

JACOB

(Softly.)

I should have been here, I shouldn't have left.

AMELIA

Jake, mother wanted you to take the job. It's okay we were here and we all know how busy you are with your upcoming wedding and the job in California. Sweetie you do a lot for mom by paying some of those bills when you can't be here- she appreciates it just the same. Mother knows you're here now, and that we're all together- that's all that matters right now.

SCENE 2

Lights dim over living room, JACOB exits off stage left. AMELIA sits in JACOB's empty chair, NEIL enters living room and sits down next to AMELIA. Lights on living room fade, spotlight on the Kitchen. MARGARET is fiddling around in with a couple bills and puts all but one of them back in the drawer. SUSAN puts away groceries and begins to clean the Kitchen.

MARGARET

Suzy,

SUSAN

Yes, Marge?

MARGARET

(Reading a sheet of paper)

Is this mom's bank card statement?

SUSAN

(Stands next to MARGARET, and reads over her shoulder)

Yes, that would be it

(Goes back to cleaning)

MARGARET

Oh.

(folds it back and puts it in drawer)

Thank goodness she still had Dad's pension coming in, or we would have had to sell the house. (beat.) You know George and I had to take out a second mortgage-

SUSAN

(Keeps going about cleaning)

Times are tough.

MARGARET

Yep. (beat) Say, Suzy what is going to happen with the house?

SUSAN

The painters are coming next Tuesday, the real-estate agent that Friday, and it should be on the market by next month.

MARGARET

(Taken back in surprise)

Oh! Suzy, I knew there was a reason why mom picked you to be Executive of her will. (Beat.) We're agreed there won't be a funeral? She doesn't have many friends- and family wise, we're all here.

SUSAN

(Turns her head back at MARGARET)

Mom didn't want a funeral, Marge.

MARGARET

(Leans against counter and looks up)

Oh, yes that's right.

SUSAN
(Still cleaning)

Can you hand me the dust rag under the sink?

MARGARET

(Bends down under the sink and hand's her the rag)

Suzy, without you mom would have never made it this far.

SUSAN

You and Amelia were a big part of helping take of her too.

MARGARET

Yes, but not like you. (Beat.) You've always been the one with the god given good heart, I think sometimes we just don't acknowledge it as much as we should.

SUSAN

(Stops cleaning, thinks to her self with self gratitude)

Thank you Margie.

MARGARET

You're welcome, here let me help you with that.

(Smiles and helps reach the dusty plate hanging on the wall)

JACOB

(JACOB enters stage left into the kitchen)

Hey, where's that brooch Dad gave mom for their fortieth?

SUSAN

(Turns around, makes eye contact with MARGARET)

What? What brooch?

JACOB

You know the one she wore when she got her picture taken with Dad- here

(goes back off stage left)

MARGARET and SUSAN look at each other with concerned looks, AMELIA begins to hover closer to the Kitchen.

JACOB returns with picture in hand shows it to SUSAN and MARGARET.

JACOB

This one, she loves it. It's the last thing Dad got her before he passed away. (beat,) Where is it?

MARGARET

Oh sweetheart, mom gave it to one of my girls, she thought it would go so well with their prom dress. (looks at SUSAN)

SUSAN

See! All squared away. I've got to have something ready for dinner before for Pastor Mark arrives, it would be rude if I didn't have anything when he gets here.

MARGARET and SUSAN return to pulling out food to cook there, backs to JACOB \

JACOB

Oh. (Beat.) Okay then.

(Walks off stage right solemnly with photo to put it back, returns to living room and sits down. AMELIA is kneeling by the mother, stroking her hand. Lights dim over kitchen)

How are things going for you Neil?

NEIL

(Short)

Fine.

AMELIA

Neil are you seeing anyone these days?

NEIL

No. Jacob, how's Clarisse?

JACOB

Marissa? She's good; busy with all the wedding details plans!

NEIL

(Taken back by being corrected)

Oh right, Marissa.

AMELIA

You know Neil, Jacob is just working on an advertisement for that sports drink you take before your bike rides.

NEIL

( Continues to read the paper)

Really?

JACOB

Yeah, I tried to call you for ideas and your input- since you know a more than I would. But you must be pretty busy with work and all this biking. Every time I called you weren't home.

NEIL

Probably was busy.

JACOB

Well you're here now, what approach would you have taken? Any tips?

NEIL

(Sighs)

No, not really. That's not my specialty; (Starts to stand up) I'm just a delivery man that buys and delivers what you marketers sell. Excuse me. (leaves room)

NEIL pauses back to them and then continues walking to the Kitchen.

AMELIA turns towards Jake and then back to her mother.

AMELIA

It's not you. You haven't been around him when he's been like this, he's trying to cope. You know how he felt about mom and his relationship.

JACOB

I know. I guess we're all dealing with this in different ways-

AMELIA

She loves us all. We're all going to deal with this together though, no matter what. Remember that.

JACOB

I will.

SCENE FOUR

Lights dim over family room, spotlight on kitchen. MARGARET's sitting at kitchen table thumbing through a magazine, NEIL sits down next to her. SUSAN is preparing food.

SUSAN

Oh Neil, are they still out there? Oh good heaven's it is already five?! Pastor Mark would just be appalled if he saw the condition of the house. Marge, will you take out the mini quiche when the timer goes off?

MARGARET

Yes Susan, I will.

SUSAN

Thanks Marge!

(Frantically exits out of back of the kitchen, exit stage left.)

NEIL's staring at the table, MARGARET starts to rub his hand while not looking up from reading her magazine.

MARGARET

Neil?

NEIL

(Slight anger in voice)

She wasn't supposed to do this.

MARGARET

Hmm? Do what?

NEIL

Be stuck here, she's supposed to go in her sleep and not do this to us.

MARGARET

That's mom for you.

NEIL

(Looks at MARGARET in disgust)

She's doing it to ME Marge.

MARGARET

Neil, she's not doing it to you. Mom's always made everything difficult- why would she stop now?

NEIL

(Softly)

Exactly.

MARGARET

(Beat.) What do you think of all of this?

NEIL

The Pastor coming? Well, Susan is the ringleader of this circus- which I chose not to be, so let her lead. Mother hated the church, she hated the whole idea of being a part of something bigger than her.

MARGARET

She did go to church though, at least when dad was around.

NEIL

For Dad she went for Dad, not for the church. (beat.) Susan knows what she's doing right?

MARGARET

(Flips the page of her magazine)

Of course she does. She's taken us this far hasn't she?

JACOB enters stage left to from the hallway, he stops and eavesdrops before continuing on to the living room.

NEIL

We've got to think ahead, mother is practically already gone. What's going to happen to the house?

MARGARET

Suzy says painters come Tuesday, real-estate agent Friday, and house should go on the market in a two or three weeks.

NEIL

Tuesday? Good. (beat.)The will?

MARGARET

Susan said we'll split up everything up respectively after the house sells.

NEIL

Respectively?

MARGARET

Oh, you know what I meant- evenly.

NEIL

Ok then.

(Turns back to his solitaire card game left on the table from earlier and continues playing.)

Spotlight on JACOB and his face of surprise, lights dim over kitchen. Spot follows him into the next room where SUSAN is cleaning with AMELIA's assistance.

SUSAN

Hey Jacob, do you think you could reach the mantle piece and hand it to me? The amount of dust is just atrocious.

JACOB

Susan, why are the painters coming on Tuesday? That's in five days!

SUSAN

(Panicking)

What are you taking about Jacob? Where on earth did you hear that?

JACOB

(Notions towards kitchen)

Margaret and Neil were just talking about it-

SUSAN

Well that's news to me, we just don't know how long the good Lord will leave us with mother.

AMELIA quietly pulls down rag, looks at SUSAN and then at Jacob

SUSAN

Right Amelia?

AMELIA

(Beat. Looks down at feet, turns to her mother, and then finally looks at SUSAN)

Right.

JACOB

But what were they talking about then?

SUSAN

Heavens knows!

AMELIA

Jacob do you want to put your duffle in the back bedroom?

(Walks duffle over stage to stage left living room and hands it to JACOB)

Jacob

(Not believing the story, begins to walk off stage left)

AMELIA

(Waits until JACOB is gone)

You should have told him Susan.

SUSAN

He wouldn't understand. He hasn't been here Amelia, he doesn't know what's best for Mom. What's best for us. Isn't that's what's important?

AMELIA

(beat.) Yes, but-

SUSAN

I'm glad we're on the same page. I need to start a fresh pot of coffee.

(Leaves room.)

After SUSAN leaves AMELIA sits next to her mom, kisses her on the forehead. NEIL Enters and watches AMELIA.

AMELIA

We should have told him, I know. After you leave mom, it's just the five of us. I don't know what's happening to this family- you would have straighten us out, huh? Of course you would- but you can't anymore. I can't start losing them too, I'm sorry Mom.

NEIL Enters, looking down at the floor hands in his pockets..

AMELIA

Come sit with us Neil.

NEIL sits next to AMELIA and as they admire their mother.

AMELIA

Do you think she hears us?

NEIL

I don't know, doubtful.

AMELIA

Remember when we were kids and she'd pack us all up in the car, and we'd leave the house before dawn? Remember that? And we'd drive to the beach and park, just to watch the sunrise?

NEIL

Yes, she never let us get out of the car though- after that drive.

AMELIA

But she loved watching that sunrise- the sky, just all of us together. (beat.) Neil- I miss her so much, and she's not even gone yet- I don't want to forget her hands, her scent, everything. Feel her hands.

NEIL

No.

AMELIA

What?

NEIL

I'm not going to touch her hands.

AMELIA

She's your mother for Christ sakes - why won't you hold her hand?

NEIL

I don't want to.

AMELIA

(Becoming upset)

Neil, our mother is lying on this bed awaiting death and you won't touch her because you don't want to? You go on about how he was never there for you, well here she is- this is your last chance to make things right.

NEIL

Mom's already dead to me. She died a long time ago, Amelia.

AMELIA

(Standing up)

How can you say that?! Look at you! She's the same flesh and blood as you- selfish. You're being completely selfish and you always have, we're a family whether you like her or not. She did her best and you're not making an effort. Just selfish.

(Fuming AMELIA leaves stage left)

NEIL

(Beat.) I don't know why I said it. I didn't mean it. You didn't die, I've just been mad. Why weren't you there for me? I tried so hard to figure out what was wrong- and I still can't. I don't know how to be the oldest. It's not supposed to happen like this, it's not.

I know that you relied on me for the simplest things in life,

Sometimes I forgot how much I love you and need you too.

I was so angry at you for the late night calls, the false alarms at the hospitals.

At least I was here, they all tell me.

But they don't know the feeling that eats at me every minute

Of everyday, since you've been like this.

Just knowing that I forgot

I'm so sorry mom.


SCENE FOUR

Dim light over living room where a pastor is chatting with all the siblings and Frank has his arm around SUSAN; all looking over the woman.

JACOB sits at kitchen table, MARGARET enters kitchen into with an

empty plate.

JACOB

Is he gone yet?

MARGARET

No. (beat) You should be a part of this.

JACOB

It's fake.

MARGARET

What? Jacob-

(leans down on knees by table to make eye contact)

You should be in there when Frank and Susan's pastor delivers his blessing.

JACOB

It's not right.

MARGARET

Jacob, Susan needs it for closure- why should we stop her? I need to get back out there and get them some coffee.

(Stands up and pours two cups of coffee and brings them out)

JACOB

(He lifts up the Bank statements he had hidden under his elbow.)

This (points at statement, harshly), This isn't right.

(Stand up and leans against entry way watching PASTOR MARK and SIBBLINGS, saying a blessing over his mother)

Mom, they push and push. Why didn't you say anything when I called? I could have fixed this- I could have been there. Look at them, they think it's time. They're tired and selfish, but they'll be here when the greed for what ever little money you have pumps through their veins. They think it's time, you never wanted this (notions towards the man giving the blessing). I know you, 'll make them wait. You're not going anywhere.

Black out.

SCENE FIVE

Three days later, MARGARET and SUSAN are in the kitchen doing dishes, NEIL is sitting at the table. AMELIA is in living room.

MARGARET

Do you think you should call the painters? Nothing's changed for three days.

SUSAN

No, it'll be fine.

NEIL

( Looks up at them from his card game )

You can't guarantee that.

SUSAN

For heaven's sake Neil! Would you trust me!?

MARGARET

I trust you Suzy.

NEIL

(Rolls eyes)

SUSAN

Thank you Marge.

Black out

SCENE SIX

The fourth evening, lights dim throughout the house. SUSAN is sweeping the kitchen, MARGARET is in the left corner of the kitchen on the phone discreetly, AMELIA by her mother's head, and NEIL is sitting chair down stage left in living room.

OLD WOMAN COUGHS

AMELIA

(Surprised starts trying to sit her up)

SUSAN AND MARGARET RUSH OUT TRYING TO HELP

SUSAN

Sit her up! Sit her up!

(Three sisters scramble, while NEIL watches in surprise)

AMELIA

(Check's her pulse)

She's gone.

SUSAN

Amelia! No she's not! She's not Amelia, she's not!

(Tries to help her, becomes more hysterical)

MARGARET
(Holds SUSAN, who clings to her)

Amelia, get Jacob.

NEIL

(Stands up with hands in his pocket and looks over their dead mother. A single tear rolls down his face)

AMELIA and JACOB enter stage left and gather around bed,

SUSAN

(Looks up at JACOB, sobbing in MARGARET's ARMS)

She's gone.

AMELIA

(Holds Jacob)

Silence, everyone embraces each other and lights dim.

Blackout.

SCENE SEVEN

JACOB, AMELIA, and MARGARET stand in front of the house, the two men zip velvet body bag and roll the gurney out the door and off stage right; NEIL and SUSAN stay in living room comforting one another. JACOB, AMELIA, and MARGARET watch as she is rolled past them, then enter the living room. Silence for a couple minutes.

JACOB

She should have been in a home.

SUSAN

What?

JACOB

I saw the statements.

AMELIA

(Quietly)

She wanted live here, Jake.

JACOB

Good god! She wanted this! (notions to empty bed)

SUSAN

Jake! She was sick- no one could help what happened, she was sick.

JACOB

She was sick! She should have been taken care of by a doctor, a nurse, someone!

MARGARET

Jacob, you're forgetting that all that costs money. Money mom didn't have-

JACOB

Sure she did! You just took it from her! All of you!

NEIL

(Sternly, starts towards JACOB)

Now you listen, If you think you could of done better than you should have been here, we did the best damn job we could. You of all people knew how mom was, and you never were here to lift a finger.

MARGARET

(Still holding SUSAN)

Neil's right. Without us mom would have never even made it this long!

JACOB

Bullshit. My mother should have lived longer, but you robbed her of that chance-

SUSAN

Jacob, she was our mother too- and we did no SUCH THING!

JACOB

No, she was a burden to you-

SUSAN

(Sobbing)

Oh heavens! How can you say that! How? We helped raise you! We loved our mother! We loved her, we'd never hurt her… never. We did everything- we did everything we could-

MARGARET

(Starting to lead SUSAN off stage)

Come on, don't listen to him. He doesn't know what he's talking about.

NEIL

(Follows SUSAN and MARGARET off stage)

JACOB

(After the others leave, he sits in silence for several minutes)

You knew, didn't you?

AMELIA

Knew what?

JACOB

About the painters, the statements, everything! And you didn't do anything to stop it.

AMELIA

Jake, we all lost mom. We're all you've got now, don't make this more difficult than it needs to be.

JACOB

We were all mom had, and look what happened. Look! (points to empty bed)

AMELIA

I know Jake, (beat.) we all know.

Black out.

SCENE EIGHT

Several days/weeks later during the day, house is empty of all furniture except one chair. A for sale sign hangs outside in the front lawn. JACOB is alone in the house sitting on the chair in the living room. Boxes are scattered throughout the house.

JACOB

I should have been here, mom.

You know what she's saying?

"No time to grieve."

It makes me sick, she hides behind her faith-

I have faith, I know my God, and he would be ashamed.

You know what I said? I told her-

"You want to divide her lifetime into boxes and send us home?"

That's what I said-

But she wants the painters to come.

She wants the house to be sold.

I don't know her anymore.

She doesn't feel, none of them do! Not like they used to.

I wish you stood up for yourself, why is love in this family

(beat.) Silent?

(beat.)

We've finished packing the house.

But I hope it will become a time capsule.

So after we seal and sell it off, my children will drive by

And when your face has faded in time they'll knock on the door.

Only to pray that these walls which will hold up the pictures of strangers

Still linger of your scent.

(beat.)

If you get these know that there are more to come.

Maybe they deliver prayers like a postman would a letter;

I'm not sure how it works up there.

But I promise I'll always be here this time.





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