ĎLove Means Putting Others Firstí
©2011 Chuck Hendrickson
Edited by Mike Competillo
Characters: (Timothy Turtle and Little Molly enter first, then Sally, then Henry)
Molly: Thatís a good boy Timothy. (She pets him and feeds him a piece of grass)
Sally: Hi Molly. Whatcha got there? Yuck! Thatís disgusting!
Molly: Sally, heís not disgusting. Heís a turtle and his name is Timothy.
Sally: Ewe, you shouldnít be touching that disgusting thing.
Molly: Shhh! Youíre going to hurt his feelings. (She pets the turtle again) Now, now Timothy. She didnít mean anything by that.
Sally: You just got a dog and now your mommy and daddy let you have a turtle for a pet?
Molly: Heís not a pet; heís part of the family! Do you want to pet him? He wonít bite.
Sally: No way. Well at least I know where youíve been spending your time lately.
Molly: Boy, it sure is a lot of work taking care of a turtle, but I love him so I donít mind too much.
(Henry Baxter enters)
Henry: Hi Girls.
Molly: Hi daddy.
Sally: Hi Mr. Baxter.
Henry: I hope youíre taking good care of that turtle, Molly.
Molly: I sure am. I just fed him his lunch.
Sally: Canít you just leave him in the water with some food for him on a rock and go play outside and play with him later.
Molly: I couldnít do that. Timothy is just like my baby brother. He needs lots of love.
Sally: I donít think I could ever love a turtle. I wouldnít want to spend time taking care of a turtle when I could be outside playing.
Henry: Sometimes you have to put others needs first.
Sally: I always share with my friends. Sometimes even though I wanted to play tag, I would play dolls with my friend just because she wanted to.
Henry: Well that sounds really nice! We need to show love to everyone, not just our friends.
Sally: But people donít have to love turtles if they donít want to, right?
Henry Baxter: Not unless youíve already decided to keep one as a pet.
Molly: (excited)Öas a member of the family!
Henry Baxter: Thatís right, as a member of the family.
Molly: I will always love Timothy.
Henry: Love puts others first. Love never fails.
Sally: I never thought about it like that. I guess I need to remember how much God loves me and show others that same love.
Henry: That a girl. Now youíre talking like a Christian.
Molly: Hey Sally, do you want to pet Timothy now?
Sally: Um, do I have to?
Henry Baxter: Well, not if you donít want to.
Molly: I knew it. You donít love Timothy.
Henry Baxter: Hold on now Little Molly. Some people donít like pets, IÖI mean animals as much as other people.
Molly: But you just said we need to love others.
Henry Baxter: Remember this, love is never forceful. It does not seek its own way. Give it time.
Molly: Well, do you want to come to my house and see his bed I made for him.
Sally: You made a bed for him?
Sally: Well, okay.
Henry: Why donít we all go to the house and Iíll get you girls some cookies after we put Timothy in his cage.
Molly: Thanks Daddy.