. all rights belong to Tanis Harms –
. refer to www.church-skits.com
VALENTINE FORGETFULNESS - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: relationships between spouses,
. love is not self-seeking
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 13: 5
Style: dramody/conversation: a husband forgets
. that it is Valentine's Day
. and gets into an argument his wife.
Cast: Wife; Husband
Set & Props: mixing bowl, apron, telephone on a table;
. overalls or oil jacket
(WIFE kneads something in a mixing bowl at the table.
HUSBAND, wearing overalls, walks into house, very tired.)
WIFE Hi, honey. How was work?
WIFE Anything else? Anything – NEW today?
HUSBAND Just – the usual. Not much else to say really.
WIFE There’s... nothing, you want to GIVE me then?
HUSBAND Oh! I’ll give you a kiss after I wash my face.
WIFE THAT’S IT!!!
HUSBAND Isn’t that the usual? Or has the
. list of protocol changed again?
WIFE For THIS DAY, it’s ALWAYS different
. than the usual.
HUSBAND (confused) I’ve done something wrong,
. haven’t I?
WIFE What DAY do you think it is?
HUSBAND Ahhhh, it can’t be our anniversary.
. There’s still snow on the ground.
. We got married in summer, right?
WIFE I don’t BELIEVE you! Don’t you ever
. look at a calendar? It’s February...
. February the 14th....
(HUSBAND just sighs.)
WIFE You know, Valentine’s Day? Remember?!
. It’s that day when you give
. the person you love SO much, some chocolates,
. or flowers, or at the very LEAST a card!
HUSBAND Huh. I’m sorry. I forgot. I have a LOT
. on my mind, and I’ve had a LOT of stuff to do.
WIFE I’m not worth a FEW minutes of your time?
. You know, I have lots of STUFF to do, TOO.
HUSBAND Well... WHAT did you get ME?
WIFE The MAN is the one who’s supposed to buy
. something for the woman!
HUSBAND Who says?... And I thought women
. wanted equal rights.
WIFE Oh, and like, you’d really appreciate things
. like flowers, chocolates or cards?!
WIFE You’d just say it was a waste of money.
HUSBAND Well, it is.
WIFE Not if you appreciate it. And I appreciate
. those things. It lets me know that you’re
. thinking about me... and appreciate me.
HUSBAND I do think about you and appreciate you.
. There! Now you know.
WIFE Oh! You’re SOOO romantic about it, too!
. Aren’t I worth a FEW dollars?
HUSBAND You’re worth so much, I couldn’t even afford it.
WIFE Nice try! 3
HUSBAND What do you WANT from me?
WIFE I want to hear that you love and appreciate me,
. EVERYDAY. AND I want chocolates, flowers
. and a card AT LEAST once a year.
HUSBAND Your birthday and our anniversary doesn’t count?
WIFE At least three times a year then.
HUSBAND You might as well just program me like
. a computer to do all that.
WIFE Why should I have to program you?
. You should just WANT to do all that...
. and more.
HUSBAND Maybe you have to make me WANT to.
WIFE Maybe I do, and you just don’t notice.
. (pause) Grrr. This is getting us nowhere.
HUSBAND Hey, I did apologize, way back when,
. a few minutes after I got in the door.
WIFE So that’s it! You can’t just say, “I’m sorry”
. and get off the hook for everything you do
. after that for the rest of the day.
. Or, just say “I’m sorry” once every year
. and be done with it.
HUSBAND (frustrated) I am SO tired, and hungry.
. (pause) I NOTICE, the work that you do.
. Okay? Thank you. But how often
. do you thank ME for going out to work
. 5 or 6 days a week, 10 hours a day.
WIFE Well, you’re suppose to –
. (pause) I’m sorry. The kids were crazy today,
. I’m PMS’ing right now...
HUSBAND Wait a minute. I can’t get away with saying
. “I’m sorry” when I make a mistake;
. but anytime you blow off steam
. “You’re PMS’ing?!”
(WIFE clamps her mouth shout realizing her error.)
HUSBAND Why do you get to have excuses for everything,
. but I can never be human? Maybe I’m PMS’ing!
. Oh, or if it’s not that, it’s:
. you are always right and I’m always wrong.
WIFE But you never listen to what I’m saying,
. and argue anyway.
HUSBAND There! See! And we ALWAYS keep getting back
. to THAT, no matter what the argument is about.
. Why do I always have to be the bad guy?
WIFE (crying) I’m sorry – I’m SCUM!
HUSBAND That’s right. I forgot that one – the martyr card.
. (pause) You’re not scum. We both work
. very hard, but we both make mistakes.
. And I AM sorry. And I still love you.
. Even though we get into these frustrating
. arguments! And because we love each other
. unconditionally, we will always work things out.
WIFE (sniffing) I know. I keep forgetting
. how lucky I am to have you. I’m just
. so grateful that both of us know God
. and have His selfless love- Oh-
. I suppose I got a little selfish –
. a LOT selfish. I mean, I am REALLY sorry.
. I cannot make it my goal – to make you
. do whatever I want – and then get angry
. when you don’t do it.
HUSBAND How about if I take a shower while you find
. a sitter. Then I’ll take you out for supper
. and we can continue this discussion.
WIFE Now we’re talking.
. (picks up the telephone)
. I love you.
HUSBAND I love you.
. (mutters as he exits)
. I see now: flowers, chocolates and a card
. would have been much cheaper!
WIFE What’s that?
(HUSBAND peeks his head out momentarily.)
HUSBAND Ahhh, try to make reservations at
. Chateau Dneiper.
(HUSBAND winces while WIFE runs off stage all excited.)