Surface Tension – Monologue (Woman)

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A monologue from the play by Elyne Quan

WOMAN

(Sighs) I‟ve always wanted to be taller. I‟ve wanted to be taller and… different. Sometimes blond. That would be something.

I clearly remember that in grade one I wished I had blond curly hair so I could wear pale blue ribbons in it and be really cute.

Not just kind of cute, but really cute. I was walking home for lunch. The sun was out and it was a beautiful day. I was looking down at the ground at my silhouette – specifically my head – and I remember wishing I had curly blond hair. 

I would be noticed. Pale blue ribbons and pigtails. And a matching dress, frilly but not too frilly. And matching little blue shoes with white patent bows on them.

Shoes can make or break an outfit, you know.  Well as hard as I wished I never became blond. Go figure. And dye jobs in the early eighties weren‟t the science they are now.

Curly blond hair for a little Chinese girl was bit far-fetched so I did the best I could. Perms!  So I could actually have curly pigtails if I wanted them.

Of course I was older by now so pigtails were out of the question. (Takes out a photo and presents it to the audience.) 

Parted down the middle and curly and away from my face. Like the girl in Aha‟s “Take On Me” video. Yeah. So I had bad hair all the way through my formative years.

But hair isn‟t everything.

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