©2009 Mike Competillo
(Characters: Henry Baxter,
HENRY--- Well, hello Patrick O'Reilly.
PATRICK--- Henry Baxter, how are
HENRY--- Mighty fine, thanks. Say, I
went by your house a little while ago.
HENRY--- Why, yes. I see you have
some green flags and funny green leaves in your windows.
PATRICK--- Ah, yes of course. Those
are my[mee] shamrocks.
HENRY--- Green rocks, ya say?
PATRICK--- No, Shamrocks!
HENRY--- Oh, I follow ya.
PATRICK--- They’re up because I’m
Irish. It‘s a special holiday for us Irish folk. We celebrate it every year. My
grandparents still live in Ireland.
HENRY---I see, well. D’ya ever sees any o’ those little green people?
No, because there is no such thing. That’s only a fairy tale.
really? I didn’t know fairies had green tails, ha!
PATRICK--- No, no, no! You mean
HENRY--- Say what?
HENRY--- Ah, no thanks. I like
apricots, but I’m allergic to ‘em.
PATRICK--- Oh, okay. Well, people
have told all kinds of stories down through the years. But they’re not really true.
HENRY--- Then I guess there really
ain’t no pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow, huh?
PATRICK--That’s right, Henry.
HENRY--- (chuckles) Ha, ha, yeah
just a bunch-a o’ fables!
PATRICK--- But ya see, the truth
of the matter is that God gave us the rainbow as a promise He would never
destroy the whole earth by water again.
HENRY--- Well, that there story is a
true story ‘cause it’s in the Holy Bible.
PATRICK--- That it is, man!
HENRY--- And the stories in the bible
are true stories!
For sure, for sure.
what about St. Patrick? Was he real?
PATRICK--- Yes he was real. He
helped the Irish folk when they needed it and they were so very thankful. They started
calling him Saint Patrick.
HENRY--- Must be
pretty neat to be named after him.
For sure, for sure, ha ha. Well,
Henry I need to be on mee way.
HENRY--- Okay, Patrick. Be careful
now, not to drive too fast on the freeway. I hear the troopers are out
PATRICK--- A mighty fine day to
ya! (he exits)
HENRY--- Bye! And thanks for sharing
the stories. See ya’ll later. Hmm, I wonder why they named him after St.