written by Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger
Will: Do you remember the first time you went in the pool? You probably don't, you were two. Peter was scared to death the first time he went in. He screamed and cried so much, he didn't stop. He was fine in the bath but, pool… Not you. You were fearless. You were amazing. Came in with me and almost immediately started laughing and playing and splashing around. You just had this confidence. It wasn't just swimming, you just had this trust in things, people, the world. It was who you were. No fear. God, I loved that. I was so proud of it. I envied it. And I was so afraid that you'd lose it as you grew up, that confidence, that faith, but you didn't. And then I failed you. It was my job to make sure you didn't lose it, to keep you safe. What am I if I can't protect you? [he begins to cry] And to see you lose that confidence, to see you question yourself, that the idea would ever even occur to you to want to hurt yourself, or for you to think for one minute that you weren't as beautiful… [now sobbing] I don't know if you can ever forgive me, Annie. I really don't know if you should, but I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.
Kudos and many thanks to Emily for this monologue, it is very much appreciated.
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