There is so much I want to say--so much that has been on my mind lately. Things about teaching, about parents, about adolescents, about our culture, about men and women--but I just have not had any time. I'm working through a revision of my book--going from three alternating first-person POVs to one third person. Scarcely a pronoun is escaping unscathed.
Beyond that, our production of The Wizard of Oz opens February 17th, so that is getting busy, busy, busy. Happily, early signs are encouraging. The props, make-up, and costumes are going to be really cool. I've hired a magician to help us make witches appear, disappear, melt and shoot fireballs. We have a dog trainer working with Toto. I have a strong cast and some very talented choreographers. Now, we'll see if I can manage to integrate, coordinate, delegate, and pray all these wonderful ingredients into a unified, harmonious, wonderful whole.
I'm grateful to have a job in this economy. I'm extra-grateful to have a job I like.
But it's more than that I think it's fun. For most of my life, I've felt rather awkward and ungainly. I'm not all that good at many normal and practical things and I don't consider myself to be very engaging or clever. To be quite candid, I'm almost crippled by shyness, insecurity, and self-doubt. However, when I'm in the throes of a play, especially the last few weeks, I feel like the ugly duckling felt when he goes swimming for the first time. His big feet actually helped him, and he felt graceful and competent, but more importantly, he felt like he was home.
That's how I am when I do a play. Something just feels right--I feel like I'm doing what I was meant to do and it's a wonderful, wonderful feeling. I feel blessed to make a living (such as it is) doing this.
Is that too much information? Sorry. It's not meant to be self-pitying, nor am I expecting people to give affirmative comments. I'm just making the point that these weeks going up to a production are consuming and exhausting, but also nourishing and energizing somehow.
Surely I'm not the only one who's like this, right? So, what things make you feel more like a swan--when do
Hope you are all having a good week. I hope to be back to a more regular posting schedule soon. I've missed you all.
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