One Day You Will Understand

MITCH is a guy who is involved in ‘specialized’ affairs and does not lead a normal civilian life.  In this monologue, he confides in his younger brother as best he can.

MITCH:  Jacob, I’m aware of the fact that I’ve deliberately kept my distance from you all these years but I don’t think you necessarily understand it.  People in this family look at me a certain way because they won’t be able to identify with me.

Look, you’re my younger brother and I love you…but there is a world I’m involved in that you wouldn’t be able to identify with. I’m not saying that you don’t have the capacity to comprehend it.

What I am saying is that what I do is a very foreign thing to life as you know it.  In order to protect you and our family, I’ve had to make significant sacrifices in my life to stay away from the people I love most, in order to protect them.

I’m not a bad man…I’ve never hurt anybody.  That’s all you need to know.  What I do is my business and only my business but I need for you to understand that I wish things were different, that I could have lived a normal life, been an average guy…I do, I really do but it’s expected of me to carry this thing out and see it through because I simply have no choice.  It’s my responsibility.

In the end, like I’ve said, you are my brother and I love you with all my heart.  I may not say it as much, you may not see me as much but I need you to know that.

One day you will understand.

Joseph Arnone


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