ACT I - IN THE RESTAURANT
(Gerald enters the restaurant. He’s all wet because of the rain. Rose approaches him. Dr. and Mrs. Smith are seated in a nearby table).
ROSE: Oh, Gerald, you’re all wet!
GERALD: I know…and I have to get dry before my shift starts.
ROSE: How many blocks did you walk today?
GERALD: About ten, I think. With this awful weather, it’s hard to find a cab!
ROSE: What did they tell you at the auto repair shop?
GERALD: They said the thunderstorm from weeks ago damaged the car completely…and…that I have to buy a new car. How about that?
ROSE: I’m sorry …it’s not going to be easy. New cars are so expensive!
GERALD: I know. I can’t keep taking taxis to work everyday, and borrowing the restaurant’s catering truck from the owners.
ROSE: We’ll talk about this later.
GERALD: Yeah. It’s time to work.
ROSE: Let’s go to kitchen. You have to get ready to wait tables.
(Gerald and Rose leave the stage/room. A few minutes later Gerald enters carrying two menu cards, then he approaches Dr. and Mrs. Smith).
GERALD: (to Dr. Smith) Good afternoon doctor. It’s a pleasure to have you here today. (To Mrs. Smith) How are you Ma’am?
MRS. SMITH: (in a sweet voice) I’m fine Gerald. And you?
GERALD: I’m ok…I guess.
DR. SMITH: You don’t sound very convincing!
GERALD: It’s nothing, doctor.
DR. SMITH: Listen, before we order our meal, I want to ask you something.
DR. SMITH: How long have you been working here? I’m asking because we have been coming to this restaurant for many years, and you have always provided us with a very good service.
GERALD: Well thank your doctor! I have been working here for fifteen years.
MRS. SMITH: That’s a lot of time!
GERALD: That’s right. I like my job…but lately things have gone ALL wrong. I guess it’s just bad luck.
DR. SMITH: Look, Gerald… it wasn’t our intention to listen to the conversation you were having with Rose…so my wife and I have decided to help you.
MRS. SMITH: (gives some money to Gerald) That’s right. Please, take the money, we know it will help you to solve your problem.
DR. SMITH: Take it, please.
GERALD: But…you don’t have to… this is a lot of money. I’m sorry, but I can’t take it.
DR. SMITH: We will be out of town for a long time, and we are not going to be giving you a tip for a while.
MRS. SMITH: So, please, take the money, and buy yourself a car.
GERALD: You are being very nice to me, and I don’t deserve it.
DR. SMITH: Of course you do!
MRS. SMITH: You are a hard worker, and we love you because you have always given us a good service.
GERALD: Thank you very much…I’ll buy the best car I can get for the money… and I promise that the next time I see you I will pay it back.
DR. SMITH: That won’t be necessary. Oh, and one more thing…just don’t tell anybody about this.
MRS. SMITH: We wish to remain anonymous.
GERALD: Of course. You’re very kind, may God bless you!
DR. SMITH: Fine…now we are ready to order!
GERALD: (hands them the menu) Sure!
MRS. SMITH: (looks at the menu) Let’s see what is today’s specials…
Author: K I D S I N C O
Moral Value: Generosity.
Moral: Help others while expecting or wanting nothing in return.
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