Because of the risk of offending one or more of my faithful readers, I tremble as I type.
You see, I’m going to say a few things that may cause balking, gagging, retching or straining in some certain effusive and entertaining friends.
Even though I’ve taught a drama class or two. Even though I took a bit part in a high school play and turned my character into a scene stealer…I am not a thespian at heart.
Oh, I can play a thespian. But I am not one.
That said, I transported my child to a drama club meeting last night. She invited me to stay. Oh, the roil and boil of emotions unleashed within. Rapid-fire scenes flashed through my mind. My acting debut, the laughs, the applause. Then the scene in which I played an extra during a training video…the one where on-lookers were supposed to view a scene with horror. The director stopped everything with “Cut! Hey, you in the brown, stop smiling, this is a serious scene.” Of course my friend had to nudge me and point at my brown sweater before I realized that he was talking to me. Oops. My Bad. Then my thoughts jumped to Saturday Night Live’s Jon Lovitz, actor extraordinaire shouting, “I was only acting!”
I shook my head, sadly. “No thanks, but have fun.”
What does one do at a drama club meeting?
Do they all share stories and the one who elicits the most enthusiastic response wins? I don’t think I want to know.
I’m pretty sure I’d rather be in an invisible box with 150 mimes than in a drama club meeting.
Hey. I was only acting!
Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.