Let It Go

In this monologue, JIMMY talks to his younger brother about trying to get along with their elderly father.

Jimmy: Why do you cut him short like that?  What’s wrong with you?  And you do it with such an attitude…don’t you know all he has left is his stories?  That’s it.  Sharing his past with you and me is all he’s got. Don’t you see the light burning in his eyes when he goes back in time and talks about it…with us.

I know he’s been a shit father, okay?  I get it but that doesn’t mean you need to be a shit son in return.  I struggle with it too, Jerome.  I’m older than you.  I’ve seen more and dealt with more than you have but I still listen to the old man.  I hear his stories and believe it or not some of his memories are actually interesting.  If you can lighten the load you carry inside yourself over him, take all that negative baggage and set it down for just a bit, you may be able to find some kind of goodness in him and that’s better than having nothing from him.

Think about it.  Choice is yours.  I’m just saying, bro…

Joseph Arnone


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