The story goes back and forth with ungrateful kids with nice clothes, and then the opposite response when a missionary kid, Adam passes out stuff to kids in a poor country. Adam comes back home and shares with the American kids what he learned about being grateful for what we have.
16 children (mixed) 10 minutes.
JASON: Did you ask mom what was for dinner?
TORI: It’s Thanksgiving…we always have the same thing!
JASON: I know, but did you ask her?
TORI: I tried. She said that tator tots are not appropriate for a
JASON: So, we’re going to have mashed potatoes again?
TORI: She said mashed potatoes are a tradition.
JASON: I know. But didn’t you try to suggest we break tradition
TORI: Hey… I tried! She would not go for tator tots over mashed
JASON: I hate mashed potatoes!
TORI: A potato is a potato.
JASON: They are so different that you can’t even call them the same
thing! They taste nothing alike. Tator tots are far superior!
TORI: I agree.
JASON: What about the pie?
TORI: Apple and pumpkin.
JASON: Not chocolate?
TORI: Mom said that she is not making three pies. Apple and pumpkin
are the types of pies you serve on Thanksgiving.
JASON: Says who?
TORI: I don’t know. Tradition I guess.
JASON: That needs to be changed! At least one of the pies needs to
TORI: Well, I couldn’t convince her! You can try if you like.
JASON: Sounds like it is going to be another typical lousy
TORI: Hey, look at it this way….there will be a lot of people here,
and you will only get one piece of pie anyway. If you can get mom
to make a chocolate pie on another day for just us… we might actually
get 2 pieces each!
JASON: It ain’t gonna happen!
TORI: I don’t know. I think we can get mom to make a chocolate pie
JASON: Yeah… well, how long will we have to wait? I wanted a piece
of chocolate pie tomorrow…right after eating all that good turkey!
TORI: Well…look on the bright side….with apple pie we will get ice
JASON: I know… but we get ice cream all the time. Nothing special
(The scene changes to the other side of the stage or a new setting
where there are very poorly dressed kids at a shelter.)
ROBERT: (Entering with Shane) That was the best Thanksgiving dinner
I ever ate!
SHANE: It sure was nice of those people to come and feed us like
that. My mom was so happy; there were tears in her eyes.
ROBERT: What was your most favorite thing to eat?
SHANE: The mashed potatoes.
ROBERT: The mashed potatoes?
SHANE: Yeah! Those were great mashed potatoes! I haven’t had that
as long as I can remember.
ROBERT: They were good. So smooth.
SHANE: I put lots of chicken gravy on mine. What was your favorite?
ROBERT: The apple pie.
SHANE: Oh yeah….the apple pie was the best!
ROBERT: I wanted to have a second piece. My folks could not
believe that I could eat that much food.
SHANE: I ate a lot, too. But it was so good! My mom was saying
over and over how we should be so thankful to God for feeding us
today. She cried a few times, I think.
ROBERT: Those people were good Christian people weren’t they?
SHANE: Why would they do that if they weren’t?
ROBERT: Oh, some people just like to do a good deed once in awhile.
SHANE: I wish they would come and give us a dinner like that every
ROBERT: That would be so cool! But all that food costs a lot of
money, so that is probably why they only do it once or twice a year.
This Thanksgiving…I’m really thankful!
SHANE: Me, too.