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BRAVE LITTLE RUSTY
(Props: small soccer ball and the sound of glass breaking)
ROCKY (Enter all children) Say, everybody, let’s play kickball! (Everyone
acts excited) My team will be outfield first and I’ll pitch. (They
split up into two groups and Rocky “rolls” the ball to Rusty who
“kicks” it. The ball is thrown upward behind the stage and the
sound of glass breaking is heard) Oh, no! Let’s get outta here quick,
before Grandpa finds out that we broke his window! (All exit
quickly except Rusty, Piper and Sandy, then Grandpa enters)
GRANDPA Who broke my window?
RUSTY I did, Grandpa. We were playing kickball. I’m sorry, I guess we
were playing too close to your garage. It was my idea to play
kickball today. I promise we’ll never play this close again!
GRANDPA You said “we,” so where are the others?
RUSTY I guess they ran away.
GRANDPA I’m glad you decided to stay. It tells me that you’re a responsible
person. Piper, do you mind cleaning up the glass?
PIPER O.K., Grandpa!
GRANDPA After you clean up, the three of you can come in and have some
cookies and juice if you like.
SANDY Thank you, Grandpa! (All exit)
ROCKY (Rocky, Opal and Crystal enter) Boy, I feel sorry for Rusty! He
should’ve run away, too!
OPAL Do you think Grandpa is punishing him? (Rusty enters in a
cheerful mood) Rusty, what happened? Did he . . .
ROCKY Yeah, Rusty, are you . . .
CRYSTAL You didn’t get . . .
RUSTY O.K., O.K., everything’s alright, but he does want to talk to all of
us, as soon as we can get back over there.
CRYSTAL Are you sure you didn’t get . . .
RUSTY No, Crystal, but things won’t be fine if we don’t go back!
CRYSTAL How about if we each give him five dollars. That should be
enough to pay for the damage!
OPAL That sounds like a good idea, then, maybe, he won’t be so mad!
(All exit and reenter with Grandpa)
SANDY Grandpa, we’re sorry that we were playing too close to your garage
and that we broke your window!
ROCKY And we’re sorry we ran away!
OPAL Yes, and we all decided that each of us would pay five dollars to
buy a new window, out of our allowances.
GRANDPA That’s fine with me! You know, this reminds me of a story in the
Bible about King David. In II Samuel chapters 5 and 6, David
decided to set up his kingdom in Jerusalem. He took thirty
thousand of his men with him to Gilbeah to bring the Ark of God
to Jerusalem and had the oxen to carry it back. In Numbers 4:15,
God said that the priests were to bear the Ark of God and if anyone
touched it, he would die. The Ark began to shake because of the
oxen carrying it. A man named Uzzah grabbed it and the Lord
smote him for his error. This scared King David, so he brought
the Ark of God to Obed-edom the Gittite and returned to Jerusalem
without the ark. After about three months, King David found out
that God was blessing Obed-edom and all his household, so he
went back to the ark and brought it to Jerusalem with gladness.
OPAL Oh, I see! You’re saying that Rusty was like the man who took
care of the Ark of God and everyone else was like David and his
men, who left their responsibilities behind.
CRYSTAL And Obed-edom got all the blessings that King David should’ve
GRANDPA We should all learn to be responsible for the things we do, just
like Obed-edom who took care of the Ark of God when no one
else would. He was really the hero of that story!
CRYSTAL (Romantically to Rusty) My hero!
RUSTY Oh, knock it off, Crystal!
ROCKY Thank you, Grandpa! We’ll be more careful where we play and be
more responsible from now on! (All say good byes as they exit)
copyright 2008 Terry Price