CHARACTERS: Two mature females
SETTING: Paradise overlooking an invisible dump.
NAN: What the mischief does she think she’s doing? (Grimaces & listens.) What’s that sound?
JEN: If you don’t want to hear it, you have to be positive about things.
NAN: Humph! What’s she doing, anyway?
JEN: Looks to me like she’s pitching out a bunch of junk.
NAN: That’s not junk!
JEN: Sure! How many peanut butter jars do you need?
NAN: I’m not talking about peanut butter jars. Just look at that!
JEN: She could have made a mat with that. It would have made a nice sunset.
NAN: Mat! You were always making something. That’s too good for a mat.
JEN: Well, if it’s too good for a mat, it’ll really be out of place in this garbage dump, won’t it?
NAN: At least nobody will be walking on it while it’s in here. I wonder what she did with its bag.
JEN: There’s the bag.
NAN: Of all the nerve! She’s ripping it apart and scrunching it up.
JEN: Hah! She threw that right into the fire.
NAN: Damn her. That’s the bag for my wedding dress, you know.
JEN: You always loved pink.
NAN: Not everybody likes blue, you know.
JEN: I wouldn’t know about that.
NAN: There’s the right one! Now the left one. They were my good shoes, you know. The ones I wore on my honeymoon.
JEN: They’re all cracked.
NAN: They’re sixty-five years old….
JEN: What would you do with them?
NAN: She’s standing there pitching all my shoes and stockings right into the flames.
JEN: There goes your purse.
NAN: My purse! She never even looked inside.
JEN: What did you have in there? Money?
NAN: Never mind. I bet she spent that before I even got cold.
JEN: I could have made a nice mat……
NAN: You’re not making any mat from my wedding dress and that is that.
JEN: Too bad she threw it in there.
NAN: Those are pickles. Darn her. That took a lot of work to make those.
JEN: That’s rhubarb relish. That sure smells good.
NAN: Pewh! How’d she get that stinky stuff?
JEN: I made it.
NAN: Did not!
JEN: Did, too! They gave it to you.
NAN: Holy Cow! Now she’s pitching cherries. Cherries, if you please!
JEN: One at a time, too.
NAN: Look at that seagull! He caught that cherry.
JEN: Whose writing is that on that jar?
NAN: I can’t see on that angle.
JEN: There’s a mystery for you, then.
NAN: What’s that?
JEN: Those are quinces! Those are mine! Oh! They’re moldy. I must be here for a long time, now.
NAN: She told me that we didn’t have any more of those quinces.
JEN: Maybe she knew they were moldy. I wish I could get that dress. It would make a really lovely sunset.
JEN: Well, it would….just a lovely sunset.
NAN: What’s that? Not my fur coat. If I could only get to her!!!!
JEN: You want to wear it?
NAN: She didn’t even take it out of the bag.
JEN: That’s a real nice tie.
NAN: She’s saving his tie. But she threw my dress in.
JEN: It would have made some nice grass.
NAN: Will you forget the stupid mat!
JEN: It would have been just right with that pink sunset.
NAN: Where’d she get that gaudy blue van?
JEN: Do you think she bought it?
NAN: Waste money, that’s all she ever…….
JEN: It’s a nice van.
NAN: It’s not your money that got wasted.
JEN: My daughter had money enough to buy whatever she wanted to drive.
NAN: Humph! No need to get high and mighty with me, Jen.
JEN: So that’s what you think, is it, Nan?
NAN: So what did your rich daughter do with your wedding dress? Make a mat from it?
JEN: I don’t think so.
NAN: I’ll bet she threw it in the dump, just like my daughter did.
JEN: She kept my old black fox muff.
NAN: I’m talking about your wedding dress.
JEN: Are we going to wait here and see if she comes back?
NAN: I’m not leaving here!
JEN: Well, then, I guess we’re staying put, aren’t we?
NAN: So what happened to it?
JEN: What happened to what?
NAN: Your wedding dress?
JEN: I got married in it.
NAN: Of course, you did. But what did your daughter do to it?
JEN: I think she wore it to something one time. I know she wore my going-away dress once or twice.
NAN: Where to?
JEN: When she was in college.
NAN: College! Smallege! She (gestures) never got to touch my dress before. Well, maybe once.
NAN: I changed her tune!
JEN: How’d you do that?
NAN: I never liked that purple going-away dress of yours.
JEN: It was wine crepe de chine.
NAN: Purple with big baggy sleeves.
JEN: Wine with leg o’ mutton sleeves. I loved those sleeves.
NAN: You’re welcome to them and that funny sash. I don’t know….
JEN: I got it because of the sash. Poppa thought it looked just perfect on me.
NAN: And what did Poppa know about dresses? (Listens & shrugs)
JEN:What they cost. He bought the jeweled accessories for me, too.
NAN: Yes. You and Win. Nothing was too good for you two. Now, was it? (Listens)
JEN: What do you hear?
NAN: It’s like a loud bell….. A fire alarm.
JEN: You’d better be careful, Nan.
NAN: Oh, no! You’re not!
JEN: Let’s go and find some music.
NAN: I told you I was staying right here.
JEN: Then, I’m going to look for some music.
NAN: What became of that piano that Poppa bought and you got?
JEN: I don’t know. I’m going…
NAN: You don’t even care!
JEN: Why should I care about that piano when I can have anything I want?
NAN: You always got everything. I wish that sound would stop.(Holding her head.)
JEN: That’s not a good sign around here. Let’s just be quiet for a while.