‘A Lesson in Forgiving’ (Part two)
(Characters: Sally Anne, Little Molly)
(Setting: The schoolhouse)
(Sally Anne enters first, paces center stage, apparently waiting
for someone. Then Little Molly enters, looking for Sally Anne.)
Molly: Oh, there you are, Sally Anne! I've been looking for you!
Sally Anne: Oh, hi, Little Molly. I've been waiting for you to
get here. I want to talk to you.
Molly: Well, I've been wanting to talk
Sally Anne: Well, then you go first.
Molly: (politely) No, no, no. You go ahead.
Sally: You go!
Molly: No, you!!! (Tension building)
Sally: I don't want to go first. You go ahead!!!
(Sudden pause. they both turn away from each other--back to back
in a huff with arms folded)
Molly: Look! You said you wanted to talk to me, so go ahead!
Sally: But you said you want to talk to me!!
Molly: (breathes a long sigh) This is getting us nowhere. (Pause) I guess can go first.
Sally: (abruptly) No, no, no, I'll go first.
Molly: But I just said I'm going first!
Sally: I'll go first, thank you very much!
Molly: (lightly) Okay, go ahead!
Sally Anne: (looks back with a stare,
and finally breaks down)
Well, I guess.... I.... just wanted to say.... You know how I
said all those things to you about your coloring and everything?
Sally Anne: (slowly) Well, I just wanted to apologize for everything that I said.
Molly: (faster pace) That's what I wanted to talk to you
Sally: Well, after we argued, I felt really guilty. So I went and
talked to Grandma Lucy.
Molly: (faster paced) Wait. You went and talked to Grandma Lucy?
Sally Anne: Yes. She explained to me what I was feeling and what
I could do to fix it.
Molly: I went and talked to her too!
Sally: Right then, we both kneeled down and prayed for God to
forgive me, for being mean to my best friend.
Molly: Oh Sally, do you really mean it?
Sally: Oh yes, Molly I do! And now I'm gonna do the other thing
that Grandma Lucy told me to do.
Molly: What's that?
Sally Anne: (sincerely) Little Molly, can you ever forgive me for saying those things
Molly: (sincerely) Why of course, Sally. (quickly) I know
you didn't really mean what you said. Everybody says things they don't really
Sally Anne: Thank you, Molly. I feel so much better now.
Molly: I do, too.
Sally: I guess the best way to fix things is to apologize as
quickly as possible.
(They exit talking together)
Molly: And to forgive one another.
Sally: Hey, you want to come to my house and color?
Molly: Yeah let's!