Cell Phone Relationship


SUE:
Hi Bill I havenít seen you in ages. How are you doing?

BILL:
Iím doing well. How are you doing Sue?

SUE:
Pretty good. Howís Linda doing?

BILL:
Sheís doing ok. I think.

SUE:
Nothingís wrong is there?

BILL:
Oh no. Itís just this job she got a few months ago.

SUE:
Doesnít she like it?

BILL:
Oh she loves it. Itís just that weíre having a hard time adjusting to the schedule. The job itself is a blessing. The problem is we hardly see each other now. She gets off so late that Iím asleep when she gets home, and sheís asleep when I leave in the morning.

SUE:
That must be hard on you both.

BILL:
Well itís only for a season. Weíre believing for a better schedule for her as her seniority increases. Itís really putting a strain on our relationship.

SUE:
Weíll be sure to put the new schedule on our prayer list.

BILL:
Thanks. Itís getting old. Itís a good thing we were able to get the cell phones. It seems we talk to each other more by cell phone than in person. Even today when I get off early, weíre so busy running around that we wonít even see each other before she has to go to work.

SUE:
Well like you said, itís just for a season. Hang in there weíll be praying for you both. I need to get going so you can finish your shopping.

BILL:
Ok Sue take care. Say hi to Allen for me.

SUE:
I will. Maybe we can all get together sometime. Give Linda a big hug for us.(Exits)

BILL:
Sure will. (To himself) If I ever see her.
(Cell phone rings) Joeís Pool Hall. Joe speaking.

LINDA:
(Voice from offstage
Ha ha. Very funny. Your lucky itís just me calling.

BILL:
Whatís up? Oh I just ran into Sue. Iím supposed to give you a hug.

LINDA:
(Wistfully) I remember hugs. Anyway, I knew there was something I was going to tell you. Oh I forgot it again. Well as long as IĎve got you, do you think you can pick up the drycleaning? I thought I would have time to get it but the day has just gotten away from me.

BILL:
Yeah no problem. Oh did I tell you that the power company called?

LINDA:
What about?

BILL:
Well it seems they want to be paid.

LINDA:
Iím sorry I forgot. It seems that by the time I get going in the morning, itís time to start getting ready for work.

BILL:
But I reminded youÖ

LINDA:
You did?

BILL:
Yeah, and you said ok.

LINDA:
I did?

BILL:
You did.

LINDA:
When?

BILL:
Last Friday before I left for work.

LINDA:
Well no wonder I donít remember. You know better than to tell me something at that time of morning. Half the time I donít remember you leaving. I fact I don't even remember you kissing me goodbye. You did kiss me didn't you?

BILL:
Of course I kissed you. Donít worry I told them Iíd leave the payment in the drop box tonight.

LINDA:
Thank you. Iím sorry Bill. I just canít keep up things like I used to before this job.

BILL:
Well Hang in there, I know that when the schedule changes weíll be able to get things back under control.

LINDA:
Youíre right but I miss you.

BILL:
I know. I miss you tooAt least weíre not in separate cities.

LINDA:
We might as well be. I get home from work and youíre sleeping. Iím lucky if I can get a grunt out of you before I go to sleep. I miss getting to talk to you aside from calling you on my lunch break.

BILL:
At least weíve got these cell phones.

LINDA:
Yes but I need to see your face when I talk to you. To read your expression, to look into your eyes. I donít want a cell phone relationship. I miss getting to have lunch with you once in a while. Even on the one day off we have together either youíre at the hardware store, or weíve got something going on with the kids or baby sitting the grandkids. We never have any time just for us. I forget what you look like with your eyes open.

BILL:
Oh hey, I just remembered, your mom called. She loved the pictures you sent of the birthday party.

LINDA:
Oh good. Did she want me to call back?

BILL:
No she said sheíd call during the day next week. Oh and Fred and Ruth from church said to tell you hi. They miss you too.

LINDA:
I feel so disconnected. I canít even make it to church as often as I like. In fact , when was the last time we even prayed together?

BILL:
How about if we clear our schedules Saturday, and get away for the day just the two of us. We could go to some out of the way place for lunch and just hang out. We can see each other with our eyes open.

LINDA:
I like that idea. Oh! Now I remember what I wanted to tell you. You donít need to go to Costco. I can pick up the prescription myself.

BILL:
Too late.

LINDA:
Wait a minute where are you?

BILL:
Costco. By the pharmacy.

LINDA:
(Laughs)

BILL:
What? Where are you?

LINDA:
Over by the milk.
(Walks onstage. They see each other greet with hug laughing, etc.)

BILL:
Hey how bout we do lunch?

LINDA:
Sounds good to me. Oh no I only have 20 minutes before I have to leave for work

BILL:
I know, This is Costco. Look at all those samples. We can lunch on samples

SUE:
It's a date.
(Takes Bill's arm)
Hey your eyes are brown!

BILL:
Did you get your hair cut?

SUE:
Two weeks ago

BILL:
Oh. Have you always worn glasses?

(Exit together)

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