Scripture Reference: Nehemiah 1-13
A lesson in rebuilding.
OZZIE – an excitable little monster
MISS STARR – the teacher who sets him straight
(MISS STARR is on stage talking to the children. OZZIE peaks over the stage and looks around. MISS STARR finally notices.)
MISS STARR: Ozzie, what in the world are you doing?
OZZIE: I’m making sure my mommy and daddy aren’t here.
MISS STARR: They aren’t here. Why are you avoiding them?
OZZIE: ‘Cause I’m not sure they love me any more.
MISS STARR: Ozzie! I’m sure your parents love you. Why would you think they don’t.
OZZIE: They were really mad at me, and they put me in timeout for 70 minutes.
MISS STARR: Why 70 minutes?
OZZIE: Because of my sister Izzie standing where she shouldn’t have been.
MISS STARR: You got 70 minutes of timeout, because Izzie was standing in the wrong place?
OZZIE: Yeah! I told her not to stand in front of me when I was chewing bubblegum, but she just stood there and kept talking to me.
MISS STARR: What was she talking to you about?
OZZIE: She was went on and on about how I wasn’t suppose to be chewing gum.
MISS STARR: Well, why didn’t you say that in the first place? You got a timeout for being disobedient. Did Izzie tattle?
OZZIE: Only after the bubble popped.
MISS STARR: What bubble?
OZZIE: The bubble that popped right where she was standing.
MISS STARR: It popped on Izzie?
MISS STARR: Was it a big bubble?
OZZIE: Oh yeah!
MISS STARR: How big?
OZZIE: You know how I got timeout for 70 minutes?
MISS STARR: Yes.
OZZIE: That was 10 minutes for every gum.
MISS STARR: You had 7 sticks of gum in your mouth?
MISS STARR: Then what did you have?
OZZIE: Ever hear of Bubble Tape?
MISS STARR: Yeah.
OZZIE: I had 7 feet of gum.
MISS STARR: Ozzie! That’s too much gum!
OZZIE: Well, I know that now.
MISS STARR: How big was the bubble?
OZZIE: Have you ever seen Raiders of the Lost Ark?
MISS STARR: Sure.
OZZIE: You know that scene at the beginning where Indie switches the bag for the statue?
MISS STARR: The bubble was as big as the sack?
MISS STARR: As big as the statue?
MISS STARR: You don’t mean it was as huge as the ball that came rolling towards Indie, do you?
MISS STARR: Oh my! That must have completely covered your sister with gum.
OZZIE: Not completely. (pause) The bottoms of her feet didn’t get any gum on them.
MISS STARR: Ozzie! I can see why your parents were so made.
OZZIE: I know.
MISS STARR: Not only were you disobedient, but you made a huge mess.
OZZIE: I know. I know.
MISS STARR: So now you’re avoiding your parents.
OZZIE: They don’t love me any more.
MISS STARR: I’m sure they do love you, but they are also disappointed in you.
OZZIE: And mad.
MISS STARR: I’m sure they are.
OZZIE: Really mad.
MISS STARR: But you can fix it. You need to work on being obedient. Show them that you can be trusted.
OZZIE: But they are really, REALLY mad.
MISS STARR: They’ll get over it. Your parents will never stop loving you no matter how made they get.
OZZIE: Even when they are really, really, REALLY mad?
MISS STARR: Even then. You can rebuild your relationship.
OZZIE: Oh. Well, I think I’ve learned my lesson, Miss Starr.
MISS STARR: I’m glad to hear that, Ozzie.
OZZIE: And I’ve also learned not to blow bubbles with 7 feet of bubblegum.
MISS STARR: Well, I hope not.
OZZIE: Except when Izzie’s around. She looked so funny covered with gum. (exits)
MISS STARR: Ozzie!