Once And For All

In the dramatic monologue Once and For All, C tells their ex about how they need to forgive themselves for leaving.

Woman/Man:  Listen, I know you’ve tried reaching me.  I know you think about me and feel guilty over leaving me.  (beat)  I want you to know that I need you to forgive yourself.  Don’t go on in this life feeling rotten about the choice you made because it’s not right for you to blame yourself.  I’ve ignored you because at first things were too painful but not anymore.  I’m not hurt about you anymore.  I’m in a different place.

I don’t hate you, I don’t hold anger or resentment.  I went crazy afterwards…I don’t know how I survived…I mean, I do know how I survived but that’s another story altogether.  It was one of the darkest times in my life, I must admit.  But looking back on it now, it was good for me.  I’m grateful for that time.  It made me a better person and made me see this world and the people in it very differently.

So, please, whatever you do, let it go.  It’s okay and I forgive you with all my heart and soul.  Okay?  Please know that I mean what I say or I would not say it.

I wish you all the great things that this world can give and that you can give this world.

Joseph Arnone


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