Are you getting ready for Christmas? Something tells me this is going to get a lot of hits come mid-December. It's certainly going to generate some laughs, and it packs a message that will stick with you.
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We Forgot Steve
By John Cosper
Jake- The younger son
Steve- The older son
Dad is on stage hanging lights on a Christmas tree. Beside the tree is an end table, sitting bare. A few small boxes are on stage, including one that holds a boxed manger scene, and a large tub is at center. Steve is in the tub. As the scene begins, Jake enters, carrying a box of ornaments.
JAKE: Where do you want the ornaments, Dad?
DAD: Right over there is fine.
Jake sets the box down. Mom enters with a mini Christmas tree. She sets it on the end table.
MOM: There, how's that?
DAD: No, that's not right.
MOM: What's the matter?
DAD: There's something we always put in that spot. I just can't remember what.
MOM: It's not Charlie Brown, is it?
DAD: No, he goes in the front hall.
MOM: Oh well. (sets the tree on the floor) Do you know where the garland is?
DAD: It's in the big tub.
Mom walks over and tries to lift the big tub.
MOM: Whoa, this is reall heavy! Did you put some bricks in here, or--
Mom lifts the lid. Steve sits up, dressed in too small Christma pajamas, gasping for air. He is wet with perspiration, and he has bits of garland and tinsel in his hair.
STEVE: Air! I need air!
DAD: Who in the world is that?
MOM: Hal, it's Steve. You remember Steve, our oldest son??
DAD: Steve? (finally remembers - and is very awkward about it) Ohhhh! Steve... buddy... boy, it's been so long.
STEVE: How long has it been? How long was I in there?
MOM: Well, let's see. We put everything away December 26 last year, and today is...
STEVE: Are you kidding? I've been in there a year???
DAD: No, not a whole year. It's only Thanksgiving, so eleven months, top.
STEVE: I can't believe it. A whole year?? Who won the Super Bowl? And what else did I miss?
JAKE: Oh my goodness, you missed so much! The Browns won the Super Bowl, there was a Batman vs. Spider-Man movie, and the world is now run by a single intelligent computer named Deep Thought!
STEVE: He's joking right.
DAD: Yes, all except for the computer part.
DAD: No, his name is Deep Thought!
MOM: I can't believe you were in that box all year.
JAKE: How did you end up in there anyway?
STEVE: I was tired! I crawled into the box to take a nap while we were taking down decorations. Next thing I knew, I was trapped in the dark and covered with garland.
DAD: I don't see any garland.
STEVE: I had to eat something!
MOM: We're so sorry, honey. I'm just so thankful that you're okay.
STEVE: I bet. Eleven months in that box, you guys must have been worried sick, huh?
Mom, Dad, and Jake all look at each other. Mom and Dad feel terrible, while Jake starts to giggle.
STEVE: You DID miss me, right???
STEVE: You didn't know I was gone?
MOM: We were so busy!
DAD: I got a new promotion at work.
MOM: We started a new promotion at the shop.
DAD: I was traveling a lot.
MOM: Business is booming.
JAKE: I took your room.
STEVE: You took my room?
JAKE: I didn't know it was yours!
STEVE: It had all my toys in it!
JAKE: I thought I had been really good. It was the best Christmas ever!
STEVE: Unbelievable. You guys were so busy, you completely forgot me after Christmas.
MOM: Oh, let's not focus on the past. You're here. We're a family again.
JAKE: I'm not giving up your room.
MOM: We'll settle that later. Let's just put this past year behind us and move on like it never happened.
Dad turns to a box behind him and reaches inside.
STEVE: Right, like it never happened. What kind of people are you, completely forgetting one of the most important people in your life??
DAD: Hey, I remember what goes in that spot. (pulls out the boxed manger scene) It's the baby Jesus!
MOM: Of course! How could we forget that?