The week that was...
"You Can't Stop the Beat"
August 5 - August 12, 2013
Project 52 (32/52)
My third trip thru motherhood is quite a different itinerary than my first two adventures. Things #1 and #2 were athletes. And in the process I became a sports mom. I can tell ya anything you want to know, or don't want to know, about baseball and swimming. I can also tell you how to behave, and more importantly now NOT to behave, as a parent of an athlete (THAT is a post for another day!). But just when I had the whole mom thing nailed down, the heaven's bestowed upon me Thing #3. And just to completely throw me for a loop, she hates sports...ALL sports. God said to moi "Kath, you shall spread your wings and be a mom to a theatre geek, sis-boom-bah". This required a whole new handbook. The first page clearly states "the term 'theatre geek' is not deragatory, but embraced proudly. But only if uttered BY a theatre geek or their mom". Okay then.
It's been almost 16 years of learning the performing arts ropes. I am by no means a "stage mom". I'm usually admonished to just not get too involved...puhleeze. I drive to dance lessons, I drive to voice lessons, I drive to keyboard and guitar lessons, I drive to various school production rehearsals, I attend all the shows, I do what I am allowed to do. I'm a great facilitator. But not real "hands on" because I feel like I'm still a work in progress, a SLOW work in progress. But I FINALLY felt involved this past week when Thing #3 relented and I was "allowed" to photograph some rehearsals of the show she is currently involved in, "Hairspray".
I felt as if I had entered the inner sanctum, otherwise known as Thing #3's turf. And let me tell you, as much as I enjoyed taking photos, I was MORE enthralled with watching these young adults in action with their talents galore. And finally some of the terminology that Thing #3 throws about at home, the lingo of theatre productions and staging, finally made sense because I saw what she had always talked about in action. I also saw that these kids work their butts off, and so do the staff who somehow manage to make it all work. Quite honestly, that is a HUGE undertaking! So yes, I also have a new appreciation and respect for the director and all the other's involved in running the shows. Kinda makes what a baseball or swimming coach do pale by comparison (sorry Things #1 and #2). I also was surprised to see so many people truly enjoying themselves, smiling, laughing, camraderie. Teams aren't confined to playing fields. But the joy I saw apparently lives on stages.
I envy ANYONE who has the confidence to get up on a stage in front of an audience to sing, dance, act, heck even talk! I never could. Never mind nobody would want me to. Thing #3 has that confidence on stage. I admire her. I don't think I'll ever become a true stage mom. But I AM a bona fide mom of a theatre geek...and I embrace that proudly (page two of the handbook says I'm allowed to do that). I'd embrace Thing #3 proudly in public on a stage, if she would let me do that. But for now, I'll just be satisfied she didn't balk at me taking photographs of rehearsals...sis-boom-bah.