If you have seen “Burn Notice”, chances are you are familiar with the show an it’s opening monologue. If not, watch this first.
It’s been a year since I was laid off. There are several things that have got us through this past year. The primary source…our faith in God. And, unlike Michael Westen, I am not alone. My wife and I have amazing kids, prayerful parents, and awesome friends. We also spent a lot more time building our marriage and our faith. Sticking together through whatever hardship that has come along has given us great hope.
The following is a humorous attempt to re-write the “Burn Notice” monologue in to a parody that shows a glimpse of how I felt a year ago…
“Burn Notice on the Prairie”
Jim Gray: “My name is Jim Gray. I used to be employed. Until…”
Unidentified human resources employee voice on phone: “We’ve got to make some cut-backs. You’re laid-off.”
Jim Gray: “When you’re unemployed, you’ve got nothing. No paycheck, no medical insurance. You’re stuck in whatever city they relocated you to.”
Jim Gray: “Where am I?”
Sharon Gray: “Falcon, CO, on the prairie.”
Jim Gray: “You do whatever freelance work comes your way. You rely on anyone who’s still talking to you. Your wife…”
Sharon Gray: “I love you…How are we going to pay the bills?”
Jim Gray: “An 80 year old friend of the family who broke his neck rollerskating at your daughter’s 15th birthday”
Uncle Bill: “I said to my self, “Self, you’re too small to be outside alone.”
Jim Gray: “Family, too…”
Kids: “Hey Dad, we have Boy Scouts, Youth Group, Debate Club, Soccer, Graduation, College, Cars…can we get a ride?”
Jim Gray: “Bottom line…Until you find a new job or find a way to pay all the bills… you’re not going anywhere.”