Taking a Deep Breath
Winston Salem, North Carolina
October 28, 2017 2:33pm CST
Two days ago I ran away from home. I have spent most of October buried under the burden of putting together costumes for the cast of Alice in Wonderland. Card costumes have been constructed. Various head pieces and hats have been assembled. A caterpillar costume has been borrowed from another theatre (Hallelujah! I was drawing a complete blank on a workable solution to that). My “todo” list is still lengthy, and in reality, I could not afford to take any days off from pre-production preparations. However, my father has been in hospital since late July (he fell and fractured his hip), and I had not been able to visit since the end of September, and the earliest I will get another chance to slip away for a few days won’t be until December. On Thursday morning I spent a few hours working on my list of costume problems needing to be fixed, spent a few minutes packing my bag and an even shorter amount of time tidying up my mess before running out the door to collect my daughter from work. Once my mom-taxi obligations were fulfilled I abandoned my family and motored on up the interstate. I won’t say that I’ve left all of the costuming worries behind, but I’ve enjoyed visiting with my sister and her husband, and chatting with my Dad (he’s excited about moving out of the hospital and into a transitional facility next week). The sunrise this morning was superlative and a reminder to not let the pressures of the moment overwhelm my ability to appreciate my surroundings. Tomorrow I’ll be spending 10-12 hours sitting behind the wheel (traffic conditions can vary the time it will take quite drastically), but before the day is over I expect to be back home with my husband and kiddos. I’ll be diving straight back into Wonderland. Maybe I’ll get to come up for air again when opening night (November 10) is behind me.
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I've enjoyed your company. We've laughed...and laughed. We've shared deep moments and dark thoughts. We've cheered each other on...complimented and helped each other with some simple problem solving....Humpty Dumpty will look like an egg . Tomorrow morning we will and continue to do what we seem to do best. The next time we will be in the same house (unless something changes) will be at Christmas. Escape, can help....if only for a few days...Good luck with the costuming.
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
Thank you! I've done the drive by myself often enough that I'm no longer intimidated by it. I just know I need to get a fairly early start so I'm out of the mountains before dark. And I suspect there will be a significant amount of coffee consumed tomorrow.
• East Tawas, Michigan
Getting all those costumes ready, is quite a task! You will be thankful when it's finally over. Sorry about your Dad, but he must be healing up well, the hospital is letting him leave soon. That's great to hear. Drive carefully and stay safe:)