Dialog for Mother’s Day
Lula Green Richards, Juvenile Instructor, May 1903, 350
Characters: Teacher and five little girls.
Enter five girls in group, left, with motions as if talking. Girl No. 1 carries small telescope; Girl No. 2, small globe; Girl No. 3, book of music; Girl No. 4, doctor’s satchel; Girl No. 5, beautiful doll. Group pauses center. Enter teacher (briskly).
Teacher (brightly): Well, girlies! I’m pleased to meet you all, with your sparkling, happy eyes. What will each one of you do, some day, to better the world in your own good way, and to make it, perhaps, more wise?
First Girl (profoundly): I shall study astronomy, and tell mysteries of newly found spheres. (Raise telescope and look upward).
Second Girl (loftily): I think international economy (indicate different countries on globe) will afford women broader careers!
Third Girl (dramatically): I’ll be a star actress (throw head and hands tragically) and musician (indicates playing piano), and sing operatically! Tral, lal, lal, lal, la, and win many a golden cup!
Fourth Girl (grandly): I’ll be a famous surgeon and physician! (indicate instruments by thumping satchel) and learn to – to – (draw thumb across body) cut people up! (All laugh.)
Fifth Girl (gaily and mock heroically): Oh, girls – you do whatever you can! Be as great, or greater than any man. Run races long! (indicate long distance) climb mountains high! (indicate great height). Make brilliant names that will never die, in this world or any other. And while you are doing grand things like these (sweetly), with “Love at Home,” and health and ease, I’ll live with my husband, and if you please – I’ll be my Baby’s Mother! (Caress and kiss doll tenderly as all exit.)