Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Phantom and A Dream

I love both those words so much.

Although I didn't like the Phantom of the Opera very much. Is that a bad thing to say? The truth is, I'm not all that good at big plays. I want to see them all. I love the stories, the music, the costumes, the whole feel of it. I just wish they could wrap it up in one act. I get fidgety. I can't sit still. It seems to take to long.

I also like the more current believable story lines, like The Lion King. I actually am not sure if Lion's can talk in real life but the costumes alone made the whole thing worth it. And that Timon and Pumba! I could have watched them all day long. I saw that twice. I still can't believe that Scar would do that to his brother.

My own brother and I have a long history of seeing shows together. When I was eleven years old my brother took me to see the movie Fame in an old movie theater in Narberth park. I will never forget that. I loved it. There were parts that seemed so grown up to me and I felt lucky that he took me. In more recent years we have seen additional shows like The Boy From Oz. With Hugh Jackman. My brother got us front and center seats. That was one show I wanted to last all night long. These are things that will last forever for me. Memories of time spent with someone I dearly love, just like a dream.

"This fleeting world is like a star at dawn, a bubble in the stream, a flash of lightening in a summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a phantom and a dream"- The Diamond Sutra


Mark said...

Amy, I so much loved taking you to The Boy From Oz. Unlike you, I like longer plays, although I rarely ever go. I've been in NYC since 1985 and have seen maybe one play per year. It's been such a wasted opportunity, and I've decided to change that this year. I've seen two shows this year and plan to see at least one a month through the end of the year. Anyway, I normally like going to shows alone. That way, I don't have to worry about the person I am with enjoying the show. But, that one night with you was magical. I'm so glad you weren't bored. Of course, the play we saw was based on the life of a non-conformist who surrounded himself with other non-conformists, so I am not surprised we both enjoyed it so much. We might look fairly normal on the outside and appear to live somewhat conventional lives, but at heart, we're anything but normal. Thank God or whatever Higher Power exists for that. Maybe that's the legacy of our parents... they raised children who are smart enough to follow the rules that must be followed, yet we bend and break the rest to suit our individual needs and desires. Just so long as we aren't hurting others. Remember, at the end of last year, we said we were going to have a more peaceful, less crazy 2009? I think we've succeeded there without becoming dull. We're simply finding healthier ways to get the most out of life. I'm feeling a theme for 2010 coming on... moving from the turmoil of 2008 to the relative chilling out of 2009 to exploring our individuality on a much higher level in 2010. Setting up some major challenges to see what we can get out of ourselves and our lives. Let's call it the Year of Taking Chances. Dream Big, right?

Wow, that was awkward said...

Cheers to you two wonder twins.

Kathy said...

Um... I was going to say something about Hugh Jackson (yum), but after Bro Mark's wonderful thoughts, it doesn't seem thoughtful enough. Glad you both had such a special night.

Amy said...

Wait, Mark, we look normal??? :)
Dream big or go home. Is that how the saying goes?
You know I'm right there with you. LYTB

Wow, cheers to you flomp.

Kathy, you must comment on Hugh's hotness! That is why we went!

Kathy said...

I think that Elvis said it best. Hugh's a "Hunka, Hunka, Burnin' Love!"

Mark said...

We went because Hugh was amazing in it; his hotness was a boner, um, I mean bonus.

I think we look fairly normal. You have a bit more flair than I do on most days, but still within a fairly normal range. Underneath the surface, thongs, I mean things (still adjusting to my new iPhone keyboard) get a lot more interesting. When I was a 17-year-old freshman in college, a new friend assessed me as "still waters running deep." Many years later, just two weeks ago, another friend described me the same way. So good to know things haven't changed, but it's time to share more of what lies beneath to the surface. You're a great catalyst/partner in crime). Love you for that. Hey, that Kelly Clarkson song, "My Life Would Suck Without You" just came on. How appropriate.