Setting: A living room/den with a recliner, end table with accessories, and a television.
Man enters, sets down a toolbox. Rubs hands together excitedly and picking up the remote, plops down in recliner. Clicks television on.
Man: Eureka! Iíve found whatís been missing in my life! At last, Iíll have true happiness and total inner peace. Every moment will be filled with blissful joy. My satellite dish now has an additional three hundred and ninety two channels! (Sighs heavily and settles into chair) Iíll never have to leave my home againÖ
Curtain opens. Man, still wearing same clothing, but looking rather rumpled. Still sits in recliner, eyes glued to the television. Various wrappers, food containers, and soda cans are littered about, as though he has been sitting there for a few days.
Man: Well, that high didnít last long. Wonder if thereís anything to watch on the weather channel.
Starts clicking through channels, looking for the weather channel, appearing rather weary from searching for something satisfying.
Man: Oooh! The home shopping channel! Yes! I have a brand knew credit card Iíve been dieing to break in. Now what shall it be? A shiny ring with a genuine princess cut cubic zirconium for Marge or a new Deluxe Jorge Backmon grill for me? Eureka! This little number has free shipping if I call within the next one hundred and seven minutesÖ
Picks up wallet off table and reaches for the phone. Starts dialing, looking back and forth at the television for the correct number.
Curtain opens. Man enters finally wearing a different shirt and a chefís apron with hat. Holds a metal spatula, smudges on face.
Man: Well the new grill was a disaster. My poor burgersÖ (Removes hat, placing it over his heart and hangs head in a moment of silence. Replaces hat.) Maybe I should order some take out.
Sits down and picks up phone off the table.
Man: Now, what am I craving? Eureka! Pizza! Thatíll hit the spot! I just know there is going to be one perfect pizza out there, waiting to come to me and fulfill its destiny of bringing joy to my life. Iíve already tried every combination known to man, but Iím sure the perfect combo is still waiting to be discovered. And when I find it, I am going to love every last morselÖ
Curtain opens. Man sits in recliner, looking disappointed as he strokes his overstuffed belly. Empty pizza box tossed aside.
Man: Well, that didnít fill up my soul much, though it did add about ten pounds to my gut. Maybe I should rethink how Iím going about this whole satisfying my soul business. I tried entertainment. It wasnít very amusing. The new grill I bought nearly took my eyebrows off with the burgers. That wasnít a very pleasant experience. And when I tried stuffing my face, the emptiness inside seemed to swallow it up faster than my big mouth could chew. (Pausing) Thereís got to be something I havenít tried yetÖ
HmmÖthat guy in the next cubicle at work always seems pretty content. The other day he did suggest going to church with him. Guess it canít hurt at this point.
Curtain opens. Man enters, his face beaming.
Man: Wow! Why didnít I try that place before? Church is awesome! I learned stuff I never knew, like how God already wrote a great book I could read for hours. His son Jesus already paid a major price for me and He is the bread of life that will make me never thirst again. What an incredible day. I even ended up saying a little prayer at the end of the serviceÖ(wistfully) EurekaÖ
(c) 2006 Debbie Sickler
Debbie Sickler, a mother of three boys, began writing as a hobby in 2005. She has since won several awards and been published both on line and in print. She is currently working on a Christian fantasy screenplay.