Summary: A man who is about to become a father goes to the local Pop in the Box to get some help. While he’s there he discovers that God is what he really needs. Keywords: Parenting, fathering, role model
Style: Light-hearted. Duration: 5min
Actors: 1M, 1M/F
Keaton – Father to be
Bill – Pop in the Box worker
Props: (Pictures of various men shown on big screen on cue), able with large book (may use without pictures), Bible (in a desk drawer), Phone.
(Scene: Bill is at the table, ending a conversation on the phone)
Bill: Yes sir, we’ll see you at 10. Alrighty, bye. (Hangs up phone as Keaton walks in) Welcome to Pop in the Box sir, my name’s Bill - how can I help you? (shakes hands with customer)
Keaton: Hi Bill, I’m Keaton. I’m about to be a father and I really need some help.
Bill: Well you have come to the right place. Come on over here and I’ll show you what we’ve got.
Keaton: Great – thanks! The help I’m looking for is something in the form of a role model.
Bill: Well, then let me show you our first model. (Picture of a model shows on the screen if you’re using pictures; Keaton sees them in the book.)
Keaton: Good lookin’ guy.
Bill: Yeah, as I said, he’s our first model.
Keaton: Oh, well, that’s not really what I’m looking for.
Bill: I got it – something more down to earth – believable. Let me present the Fisherman. (Picture on screen reflects a man with fishing gear)
Bill: Okay, maybe a hunter is more your style. (Picture on screen shows hunter)
Keaton: I’m confused – why are you showing me these different guys?
Bill: Well, these guys are trained in their specialty – so all you have to do is step through that door into “the box” or as we like to say “Pop in the Box”, we flip a switch and BAM – you are transformed. Get it - Pop in the Box!? It’s what we do.
Keaton: So after this “transformation” I’ll know all they know?
Bill: Not just that, you’ll look just like them, too!
Keaton: Oh, I don’t know if my wife will like that. Besides, I’m okay with my looks. It’s my fathering ability I’m unsure of here.
Bill: Oh, so you want to be someone like a doctor, or professor? (shows pictures)
Keaton: No, not exactly. Uh, I just – do you have any books?
Bill Oh, you want a Daddying for Dummies book, huh?
Keaton: Sort of – yeah. You see, I didn’t have a father around, so I really don’t have a role model. I don’t have the first clue to being a good dad.
Bill: Well, we don’t sell books here; besides, there are no step by step rules to parenting, my friend.
Keaton: Great – then how will I know what to do? How do I raise up a child without some kind of guidance?
Bill: I can see that you really want to do this right. If so, the Father you need is God.
Keaton: God – father …. Godfather? You mean like Marlin Brando?
Bill: No – God, as in Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Keaton: I’m lost.
Bill: Clearly. Look, there are no perfect fathers, except God. The only way you can do this right is to get to know Him.
Keaton: Yeah – and just how am I supposed to that?
Bill: Why don’t you start with this? (hands him a Bible)
Keaton: I thought you didn’t sell books here.
Bill: We don’t – it’s a gift. But if you want a really big head start, we can always go to the advanced model. (Picture of Billy Graham)
Keaton: Uh, he’s just a little bit too old for my tastes – I think I’ll start with the book.