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APOLOGY FROM A PARENT – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: love, forgiveness
Style: drama/conversation: a parent apologizes
. to their teenage child for not being there
. for them as they should have been
Cast: PARENT, TEENAGE CHILD
Set & Props: chairs/sofa (optional)
(TEEN approaches PARENT with some awkwardness.)
TEEN Dad/Mom, ah, happy Father’s/Mother’s Day.
. I – ah - I love you.
PARENT That sounded a bit awkward.
PARENT No. Actually, I’m sorry. Why would it
. come naturally to you, if it does not
. come naturally from me? I mean,
. I should say it more often – Right? I mean,
. I should have started that when you were a baby.
TEEN It’s okay.
PARENT No. No, it isn’t. Ah... you do know that –
. that I – love you?
PARENT I do, you know.
TEEN I know.
PARENT Well, I know I haven’t been the perfect parent.
TEEN I haven’t exactly been the perfect son/daughter.
PARENT But – I am the adult. I should be
. the example. No matter what my parents
. did or did not do – I need to step up.
TEEN Were your parents – not around for you?
PARENT You know, that really should not matter.
. When I became a Christian a few years ago,
. I learned to forgive my earthly parents.
. And God became my perfect heavenly Father.
. And Jesus is my perfect, living example.
. And the Bible- (looks around, then sighs)
. ah, should be somewhere nearby – so that I
. can study it every day and learn from it.
. And then – I should be living it - consistently.
. And – teaching you what I’ve learned,
. not just by what I say, but what I do.
TEEN I’ve noticed a bit of a difference.
PARENT Well, I do know – there should be a WAY
. bigger difference.
TEEN No one’s perfect.
PARENT No, of course not. But we should be trying, and
. be learning and growing every day. And when we
. DO make mistakes, we should learn how to work
. things out- properly. Like - the other day,
. you were trying to explain something, but I just
. cut you off– because– well – there’s no excuse –
. I just assumed that you were up to no good.
. And then we got into our usual screaming match.
. I should’ve listened and we should’ve
. discussed things. So I apologize for that.
. (PARENT and TEEN can subtly fight tears,
. then PARENT suddenly gives TEEN a real hug)
. I would like to try again with that, and have
. a real conversation. If you are to respect me,
. then I need to respect you. We need
. to work together, because I would really like
. to have a peaceful, joyful house where you
. feel safe, and loved. So... how about if we
. sit down somewhere and really talk. And-
. I want you to start. Let me know your thoughts
. and concerns - and how you’re feeling.
. (PARENT guides TEEN out with sideways hug.)
. And then – we could just spend some time
. together. Maybe watch a movie?