Oh, The Drama!

Winston Salem, North Carolina
January 10, 2017 6:08pm CST
I have two teenaged daughters, and two young adult sons. At the moment everyone still lives at home. It’s a bit squishy. Our house is technically only a two bedroom house, but we’ve gotten good at finding creative solutions so everyone has the space and privacy that they need. Thankfully my kids all get along reasonably well, otherwise our housing situation would be rather unpleasant. We aren’t without our share of drama, though. Of course most of the drama that my kids create is away from home, onstage where drama belongs. At the moment three of my four children are involved in a stage version of M*A*S*H. Rehearsals are in full swing and performance dates are set for early March...and for once I don’t have any commitments backstage!
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@shaggin (37756)
• United States
11 Jan 17
That is nice all of your children are in the same play! My house is small as well and my kids do not get along its a bit rough!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
We've had to shuffle things around at times to keep the peace, but overall my kids enjoy each other's company.
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@shaggin (37756)
• United States
11 Jan 17
@Platespinner That is wonderful! My sister and I hated each other growing up until we were about 15 and 16. Are your children all pretty close in age?
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
@shaggin Mine are currently 22, 20, 18 and almost 16...so pretty much 2 years between. The oldest two went through a rocky stretch, but that is because they are complete opposites, ones an early bird the other is a night owl, one is an extrovert the other is an introvert. We ended up rearranging the entire house so that they could each have their own space from when they were 14 and 12 until they were 18 and 16 when they had to share again.
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@GardenGerty (102585)
• United States
11 Jan 17
You will get to just enjoy the show, how nice!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
I'm looking forward to it. Though I will probably end up helping in the box office on at least some of the production nights.
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@Morleyhunt (21011)
• Canada
11 Jan 17
When in March...we might......big ?.....be able to squeak out three days.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
That would be cool! Performance dates are the first two weekends.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
@Morleyhunt Oh my! You're not planning on having a quiet peaceful weekend, are you?
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@Morleyhunt (21011)
• Canada
11 Jan 17
@Platespinner who me? They had asked if I could take 3 and Boekmeisje 2. I said...ill take them all. They suggested Friday just before supper until Saturday after supper. In a moment of inanity? I offered to pick them up.....at 2, and then later asked....did they want me to just bring them to church on Sunday morning.. I might be nuts....but they aren't stupid....they jumped at the chance.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Jan 17
Very cool, I have 2 sons one is currently away at school, matter of fact he called yesterday and said he had completed the requirements and was awarded his Master's Degree in Astro Physics.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
Congratulations to your son. I bet you are one proud Mama!
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Jan 17
@Platespinner I sure am thanks. Enjoy the show.
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
11 Jan 17
I really like the picture. How wonderful to have so much talent in one family. I wish them all the best in the production of M*A*S*H.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
Thanks for the good wishes! They all enjoy acting, and our local theatre group is much like an extended family for them.
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
11 Jan 17
@Platespinner That is great to have something like that available to them.
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@PatZAnthony (13057)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
It is so nice that your children are involved in such performances. Everyone needs a little drama in their life, especially the kind you mention.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
It's the best kind of drama. It holds our attention, without causing us to want to strangle each other.
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@valmnz (12744)
• New Zealand
11 Jan 17
I'm surprised you've avoided getting a job backstage, as I know in the past you've had strong commitments with productions.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Jan 17
I"m already committed to do the costuming for Tarzan in June, whether any of my children opt to participate or not.
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@valmnz (12744)
• New Zealand
12 Jan 17
@Platespinner now, that sounds more like you! There wouldn't be much to Tarzan costumes would there?
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Jan 17
@valmnz Not for Tarzan himself . But Jane's dress will be a bit tricky since the monkeys pull it off of her piece by piece, and it has to be used for six performances.
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• Pamplona, Spain
11 Jan 17
Something to look forward to. I would be thrilled to see mine in a Play like that. Dramas take place everywhere too but they are much better in a Theatre of course. Have fun with all of that.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Jan 17
My kids have been dabbling in drama for a long time now. Nothing really serious, but enough to be comfortable on stage and make some fantastic friends.
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• Pamplona, Spain
12 Jan 17
@Platespinner I would be thrilled if mine were in that too. They have taken part in other things but not in drama. Sadly I could not reach them and get them to be enthusiastic about all that.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Jan 17
@lovinangelsinstead21 I've tried to encourage my children to follow their own interests. My kids have taken to drama the way some kids take to sports.
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@Brittnyrose (1457)
• Aberdeen, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
Isn't it nice to still have all your family at home together. You could never get lonley that's for sure.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Jan 17
It's about time for the oldest to move out on his own. That should be happening come May when he graduates from university.
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• Aberdeen, North Carolina
12 Jan 17
@Platespinner nice! What did he go to major?
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Jan 17
@Brittnyrose Parks and recreation.
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@DianneN (85168)
• United States
11 Jan 17
Happy to hear that their drama takes place on stage! You have a very talented family!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
They have fun with it, and our community theater is a very friendly group.
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@DianneN (85168)
• United States
12 Jan 17
@Platespinner I love the photo, too. Your daughter is so pretty!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Jan 17
@DianneN Thank you!
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@SIMPLYD (83191)
• Philippines
11 Jan 17
And is that one of your daughters ?
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
That is my oldest daughter. Diligently studying her MASH script while in costume to help out with tours at a local historic home.
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@SIMPLYD (83191)
• Philippines
12 Jan 17
@Platespinner She's pretty , even in her side view .
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Jan 17
@SIMPLYD Thank you!
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@moffittjc (45351)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Jan 17
Wow, a stage version of MASH! That would be very interesting to see! I was a big fan of the tv show back in the 70's, although I was just a kid at the time. I probably didn't understand half of the stuff going on in the show, but it was still a great show to watch every week!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Jan 17
My son had been streaming episodes for a while, and when he found out the local theatre was going to be doing this play he was quick to jump in with his sisters.
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@moffittjc (45351)
• Gainesville, Florida
15 Jan 17
@Platespinner What character will he be playing? My favorite on the shoe was always Radar.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
15 Jan 17
@moffittjc He is Pvt Boone.
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@jhechorain (1228)
• Susanville, California
11 Jan 17
Sometimes a household like that can be difficult. I know my sister is going to have some trouble with all 4 of her girls so close in age... all coming into teenage hood at the same time.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Jan 17
I had 4 teenagers at once, but we didn't actually have too much trouble. They're good kids for the most part.
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• Susanville, California
12 Jan 17
That would be rough
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Jan 17
@jhechorain It wasn't bad at all. Like I said, they're good kids.
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@UncleJoe (10872)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
12 Jan 17
I would love to see their performance. M.A.S.H. was one of my favorite programs and movies. More realistic than most people know.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Jan 17
You'll have to come down for a visit then. I can even pass along some complimentary tickets.
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@UncleJoe (10872)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
12 Jan 17
@Platespinner I would like that. Let's see what March brings.
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@PainsOnSlate (20579)
• Canada
11 Jan 17
I love to see young people on stage, when I was young I was on stage often. Loved it, mever did anything on stage as an adult but still enjoy theater. I can't imagine four children in a two bedroom house, you really must be very creative.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
It's only a 2 bedroom, but thankfully the rooms are pretty large. The girls share one bedroom, and we've managed to almost make it into two rooms by creative placement of bookshelves and a wardrobe. The boys occupy the basement, and my husband and I occupy the loft that overlooks the greatroom. The second bedroom is actually being used as our living room at the moment. The oldest son is supposed to move out in May, and then everything will be shuffled again.
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• Canada
11 Jan 17
You are very creative and if it works for you and your family that's all you need...@Platespinner
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@LadyDuck (176861)
• Switzerland
11 Jan 17
I love this photo, it's so sweet. I imagine you appreciate not having any commitments backstage.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
I'm definitely going to enjoy this production without the stress that I would be under if I was busy with costumes!
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@LadyDuck (176861)
• Switzerland
12 Jan 17
@Platespinner I am sure this is the case.
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@allknowing (69483)
• India
11 Jan 17
So this was no real drama. I am disappointed (lol) The last 4 of the siblings and that included me created real dramas that could have been acted on stage. We loved each other but had issues.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Jan 17
I have a very low tolerance for drama and I think they all know that. They're good kids.
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@allknowing (69483)
• India
12 Jan 17
@Platespinner No mothers will tolerate real dramas but they have to live with them
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
11 Jan 17
That is so cool. They must be talented to be doing state plays. Hopefully they will break into movies and broadway at some point. I know what you mean about not having enough space. I hardly have enough space when my kids come to stay with me. But we do manage.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
No state plays, just a local community theatre (and this area probably has a dozen small theatre groups). I don't think any of them are really interested in "making it big." They do it because they enjoy it and they enjoy working with the other folks who are involved.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
11 Jan 17
@Platespinner That's okay. But you never know, that is how movie stars are found. It happens just like that. And because they enjoy it so much that makes it way better.
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@rebelann (42833)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Jan 17
Oh my, what will you do when one of them becomes really famous? Worse of course is if all of them do
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
None of them have dreams of making it big, and if perchance it happens....I hope they don't become like so many celebrities!
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@rebelann (42833)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Jan 17
It's usually not the celebrity that's the problem @Platespinner it's those blasted paparazzi who can't seem to keep their opinions out of their articles, they slander them and lead us, or try to anyway, into believing that Mike or Britney or Paris is doing this or that when most likely none of them are doing anything like they want us to believe.
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@sharon6345 (138567)
• United States
11 Jan 17
Wow,I was wondering about that outfit before reading your post.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Jan 17
The costume was part of our pre-Christmas candlelight tours in a local historic hone. But the book she has in her hands is the script for MASH.
@sharon6345 (138567)
• United States
11 Jan 17
@Platespinner That is good. Thanks for letting me know.