CoOL (Congregation of Liberation)
Skit Name: Conversations with Mom
By: Merika Reagan, ,MA, CDW
May 3rd, 2015
Opening scene: 78 year old Merika introduces her self to the audience
78 year old Merika: Hello everybody. I am so glad yall could make it. They told me there would be a lot of people but wow, aint nobody told me they all was gonna be fine. Hell naw, aint nobody told me yall was gonna be this damn fine. (laughs) ok. Let me get back to why we are here. This year I made 78 years on this planet. And look at me, looking good, feeling good, healthy as an ox and aint going no where no time soon. I am the same age my mother was when she passed. My 78 is much different from her 78.
My poor mother was a sickly woman at 78. She had a weak heart. Not me, though. I have done so many things in my 78 years. When I made 40 I started studing to become a medium. You know, somebody that can talk to the dead. All this studying I been doing so I can talk to my parents. I really want to know that they know that I am doing fine. I had many bumps along the way but I am doing fantastic. I think I am ready to try to make a connection with my mother and yall get to witness it!
(78year old Merika pulls up a chair to a small table that sits across from another chair.) Mommy if you are anywhere within earshot please join me for a talk. I know you are always close and my have tried to connect before but I could not hear you. I have practiced enough now that I should be able to hear you. If you are anywhere near please have a seat so we can chat a bit.
Merika's 78 yr old mother (Inez) takes a seat.
78 yr old Merika in awe.
78 yr old Merika: Wow Momma you look exactly like I remember! I wanna hear everything! Tell me all the details of what happened when you left this Earth!
78 yr old Mommy: I can't do that. I am hear to listen to you talk about you. I wanna hear everything that has been happening to ya since I left this Earth. That's why I came for this conversation. Has life been good to ya? Did me an yo Daddy give you everything you needed to have an amazing life after we left?
78 yr old Merika: Well? Yes and no.
I haven't always had it easy in the love department thanks to Daddy's problem. You know the problem I'm referring to.
78 yr old Mommy: Yes. I do. I hate that I couldn't have done more to protect you when I had the chance. I really did the best that I could with what I had, pumpkin.
78 yr old Merika: I know you did but it still left a lasting mark on me.
78 yr old Mommy: How so? (sighs) The least I can do is listen. Tell Mommy all about it.
78 yr old Merika: Well, I learned to be ashamed of my body at such a young age. You remember the time I asked you what a pussy is?
78 yr old Mommy: No. Remind me.
7 yr old Merika: Mommy
Mommy: Yes chile....What you want now?
7 yr old Merika: What do these words mean?
Mommy: What words?
7 yr old Merika: (with hesitation) Pussy....I want to fuck you little hot pussy...
Mommy: (looks shocked and gasped) What?! Where did you hear those words? Who said those words to you?!
7 yr old Merika: Daddy
Mommy: (with angry face) Those are bad words!! Don't every say those words again!
7 yrs old Merika: But Daddy. . .
Mommy: Do as I day chile . . .And don't worry about it. I'll take care of it.
7 yr old Merika: ok.
78 yr old Merika: You remember that conversation?
78 yr old Mommy: Yes I do. I was so mad at your father I didn't know what to do. I knew if I confronted him he would just deny it. I had to catch him in the act.
78 yr old Merika: You wanna know what I learned from that little talk?
78 yr old Mommy: I hoped you had learned that you could tell me anything. That I would always do my best to protect you from anybody, even you father. Is that what you learned?
78 yr old Merika: No. I learned that to talk about body parts was bad, upsetting and a secret. I learned that if something happens to me I should never talk about it and know that no one else will either. I learned that being non-confrontational was the best way to be.
78 yr old Mommy: That's a whole lotta what I didn't have in mind.
78 yr old Merika: Yeah, I know. You remember the time I tried to get you to leave Daddy?
78 yr old Mommy: When? No. I don't remember that one at all.
78 yr old Merika: Well let me refresh your memory.
10 yr old Merika: Momma? Why can't we get out own place?
Mommy: (with a confused look) What? . . . Our own place?
10yr old Merika: Yeah, we can move. We can get our own apartment. Just me and you. Without Daddy.
Mommy: No. We can't move. What about Daddy? Who's gonna take care of him? We will miss him.
10 yr old Merika: We can move. We can see Daddy on the weekends. Some of my friends at school have Daddy's that they only see on the weekends. Let's get our own place.
Mommy: No. We can't move. I'd have to get a job and aint nobody gonna give me no job.
10 yr old Merika: Why not?!
Mommy: I've only had 2 real jobs my whole life. Waiting tables and taking care of that old Jewish couple.
10 yr old Merika: Just try . .
Mommy: No. . .I need your Daddy. Without your Daddy, I'd be living under a bridge somewhere. That's why I want to you stay in school. Get good grades. Get a really good job. Have your own money. Be your own boss. Don't never be dependent on no man.
78 yrs old Mommy: Now tell me what you learn from that one.
78yr old Merika: I learned to stay in school and be my own boss.
78 yr old Mommy: (smiles)
78 yr old Merika: I also learned that no one can be trusted. I also learned not to trust nobody to take care of me. I learned to be dependable but never allow anyone to return the favor. I learned how not to be vulnerable.
78 yr old Mommy: (smile fades) You gotta good memory. I don't remember you memory ever being this good. What else you got?
78 yr old Merika: Remember when you found out how bad Daddy's little problem was?
78 yr old Mommy: Yeah. More like got reminded how bad Daddy's little problem was. I always hoped it had gone away. I thought with him becoming a minister that was something ugly that got left in the past.
Mommy: Tell me everything! Tell me exactly what's been going on in my house!
11 yr old Merika: Well . . .He was standing in the door way to my room touching his privacy and sometimes he would come in my room and stand real close to the bed touching his privacy and say nasty words. Sometimes he would want me to get out of bed and put his privacy in my mouth. If I did it right I would get $5.
Mommy: What?! $5.?! That's all you think you're worth?! $5.? You did'nt have to do it!!As far as I'm concerned the botha yall is wrong!
78 yr old Merika: I was just a little girl. I could not for the life of me figure out how I was supposed to stand up to a grown man. I was not a grown woman. Not even close! I used to look at little girls at the age I was then and just nearly cry.
78 yr old Mommy: When I was a girl I was considered grown at that age of 12 and 13 is child bearing age and a woman.
78 yr old Merika: But I was just a child.
Mommy: You been fucking (your uncle) all along! (father's oldest brother 72yrs old at the time)
13 yr old Merika: What?! No! No I haven't!
Mommy: Don't you lie to me! I've seen you giving him the “come on”!
13 yr old Merika: The what?! The “come on”?
Mommy: Don't give me that! I've seen you look at his crotch and then stair him in the face right after. Don't play with me. You know what the “come on” is and I've seen you do it.
13 yr old Merika: (silent with a confused look)
78 yr old Mommy: Was I really that bad? I mean that sound and looks just aweful. I really didn't know what I was doing at all. I used to have so much pride about having done a better job with you than your gramma done with me.
78 yr old Merika: Well I know you did your best that all any of us can do. By the time I was old enough to think about sex I was so not interested. Not one bit.
78 yr old Mommy: Was that your Daddy's doing or mine and my great motherly talks?
78 yr old Merika: Well, I remember a talk we had about the right time to have sex. At least one of many really stands out to me.
Mommy: Put off having sex for as long as you can.
10 yr old Merika: (confused look)
Mommy: With a butt that big you are gonna be over sexed. Once you start having it, you gonna want it all the time.
10 yr old Merika: (really confused look)
78 yr old Mommy: What did you learn from that one?
78 yr old Merika: I learned to not have sex. I waited until I was 20 before I would try it and it wasn't even for love. I was just tired of being curious. I wanted to know what the big deal was. And when I did I did not even enjoy it. I wonder if I from that conversation if I learned not to enjoy sex either. I had to prove you wrong about me.
78 yr old Mommy: (sad look) I never meant for you to learn that. I just wanted to keep you safe and my little girl as long as possible. I thought once you had sex and became a woman everything would be different between us.
78 yr old Merika: Yeah, I know. I remember you telling me that. Then after my sister got pregnant and had her son, I was so jealous of the talks you two used to have. You treated her like a mature young woman and talked to her in a way that was respectful but still teaching. I was jealous.
Mommy: What's wrong wit you?
Merika any age: Nothing.
Mommy: Are you sure? You look mad (insert any emotion here). You mad?
Mommy: You aint got no reason to be mad! I'm the one that should be mad! If I had half the shit you got now when I was a kid I would have been happy! But you? No! You sitting around looking mad! I don't give a damn about you being mad! You betta scratch yo ass and get glad! I'm the only one around here that got any business being mad. I gotta put up with taking care of 6 ungrateful kids! I gotta take care of everything in this house! All you gotta do is go to school and get good grades and do what you are told! Mad! I don't give a damn about you being mad! You betta scratch yo ass and get glad!
78 yr old Merika: Well Ma, you taught me a lot of things. Some you planned on and some you didn't but don't worry about it. I aint bitter. I have had a good life. And I have got a lot more of it to go. I am 78 now and I plan on getting to 125 and leaving when I am good and ready and not a minute before. Not a minute after.