By the storytellers of Havenwood Heritage Heights
She’s getting’ something out of her suitcase.
It looks like a first aid kit – she’s a nurse, she’s prepared.
Maybe she’s putting her sweater in because it’s so hot.
It could be an airport or a train station: there’s another man pulling his suitcase too.
It’s a modern picture – the suitcase is new.
It’s summertime: everybody’s got short sleeves.
Her pocketbook is leaning up against her leg – it looks full (that’s a good way to start her trip!).
Nobody’s paying attention to each other at all – everybody’s walkin’ fast.
There’s another man with a suitcase behind her.
She’s somewhere in America – maybe she’s in Rhode Island.
They’re goin’ out to the street.
There’s another room with a cross in it – maybe a church.
She’s going to New York: she’s going for a new job there in the emergency room, that’s why she has a first aid kit.
Jessica Jane Agnes – she’s gonna be 30 on December 19th.
She’ll stay at the hospital at first, then she’ll meet people and get invited to live together.
She’s originally from New Hampshire.
Jessica is going to New York because there’s lots of company and lots of stores she can look in and good theatre.
She’s got a great big pocket book so she’s gonna put stuff in there when she walks around.
We hear people saying, “Wonder what that woman’s doing,” and, “Why doesn’t she go in the ladies’ room?”
We hear the calling out of the next flight or train, a little child crying, the shuffling of feet.
Maybe she thought she forgot something and that’s why she’s doin’ it in the middle of the floor.
We smell coffee, pizza, fuel, fumes from the train, body odor, perfume.
Jessica is thinking, “Have I got everything?”
She’s getting out something she needs right now.
“I wish I were there already.”
“Where am I supposed to meet this person?” (she forgot!)
She looks a little nervous: “What did I do with my ticket?”
“Should I write to my family once I arrive?”
Jessica wants to live like New York is, she wants to marry a doctor (she’s gonna find out doctors are very busy). She is gonna meet the guy walking behind her (she’s hoping he’s going to New York too.)
Maybe that’s why she’s lookin’ in her bag – hoping he’ll say, “Can I help you?”
She wants to go see a show in New York.
Secretly, she wants to be a Rockette.
Jessica’s flight is called and she’s on her way. They discover their seats are next to each other.
The flight goes well, they start talking.
She finds out he’s much younger than she is, he’s probably goin’ to college and she’s going to be a nurse.
Jessica will get her doctor after all: let’s hope it happens.