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BE NURTURING – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: parental caring, nurturing, teaching
SCRIPTURE: Prov.22:6; Eph.6:4
Style: allegory/conversation: an adult abuses
. and neglects a houseplant, but starts
. trying to be more nurturing and caring,
. until they get it right; at the end,
. we see that the plant was really a child
Cast: PERSON 1-3, GIRL
Set & Props: watering can, table with a houseplant
. (place to the side or beside divider)
(PERSON 1 enters and notices their plant, then stops
to look at it with great annoyance, arms crossed,
toes tapping, scowl on the face. PERSON 2 & 3 enter.)
PERSON 2 Oh, what a cute plant. Does it have a name?
PERSON 1 Sure, it’s - Fern.
PERSON 3 (slight distain) Plants are such a pain.
. I know I don’t have a green-thumb,
. so I just choose not to have any plants.
PERSON 1 I have a brown-thumb, myself.
. But – I inherited this plant
. and I don’t have the heart to throw it out.
. I’m not that mean. I just don’t know
. why it looks so droopy and refuses to grow.
PERSON 2 You have to nurture and care for plants.
PERSON 3 Eh, I’ve heard that as long as you
. talk to it once in a while.
PERSON 1 (turns to plant) Come on you stupid plant!
. GROW! You can do better!
. Just get with the program, why don’t you!
PERSON 2 Um, I’m sure it’s more about nurturing
. and caring-
PERSON 3 At least be nice! You know – 2
. like they say– “quality over quantity.”
PERSON 1 (soft and sweet-like) Okay plant...
. you’re making me look stupid...
. If you really loved me, you would just grow.
. Okay? Just for me – please? You know,
. I could make things really difficult for you.
PERSON 2 It’s still not going to grow if you
. don’t ACTUALLY nurture and care for it.
PERSON 3 Too much work. That plant looks hopeless,
. it’s probably too late to do anything anyway.
. So, good luck with that.
PERSON 2 It cannot grow on just your words alone.
. You have to-
PERSON 1 I know! Nurture and care for it.
. (to plant, sighs) Okay. Um, I’ve been abusing
. and neglecting you, and I’m very sorry.
. I know I need to get better at this.
. (watering the plant) I guess it starts
. with me being less - self-centered.
. (to P.2) Any other advice?
PERSON 2 They also need sun.
PERSON 1 (to PLANT) Oh yeah, that’s a very
. important thing, isn’t it?
(PERSON 1 picks up PLANT tenderly and carries it off.
PERSON 2 can maybe check cellphone for messages
when PERSON 1 returns holding the hand of GIRL.
PERSON 2 notices and smiles.)
PERSON 2 Is that Fern? (to GIRL) Hi there!
. My, you sure have grown up so fast!
. (to PERSON 1) How are things going?
PERSON 1 (tenderly touches GIRL)
. Things are much better. Thank you so much
. for all your advice. I had to realize
. my responsibility in all of this.
(ALL exit while talking.)