Hello all!! Wow, am I all over the map today. I have the whole “Do You Hear the People Sing” thing stuck in my head because… it’s the last day of school AND Les Mis auditions at Ardmore Little Theatre were five years ago tomorrow. OBVIOUSLY I’m an emotional wreck. But totally in a good way.
First, the last day of school is a major milestone. It feels like barely a few days ago I was working in my classroom, getting ready for school to start, being scared, nervous, intimidated, and completely unsure if I were supposed to be here. I made it through the year though, survived all the moments when I felt like I should run away and become a sheep herder in Tibet, and kept plowing despite a somewhat critical bout with depression. I think I’ve come to the conclusion that the first year of teaching is about like the first year of college: I’ve probably gained at least fifteen pounds since I was hired. Still, it’s been a good year. I’ve tried to operate in a mode of loving these kids and remembering that they ARE just KIDS. They are not fully formed humans yet, and they can be jerks on occasion. Sadly, many adults can be jerks too, but that’s another post. The point is… IT’S THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!! WOOOO!
Second, the anniversary of the auditions for Les Miserables (I don’t know how to type it with all the correct little accent marks) is tomorrow. FIVE years ago tomorrow, I got on a stage and sang in front of strangers, and opened the door to a world I couldn’t have imagined. It has brought me some of the greatest joy and the worst pain I’ve experienced in the last few years. Between great new friends, disappointing audition results, crushes that were not meant to be, sharing the worst pain of those new friends, celebrating victories and learning new things I never knew I could do… theatre has been a blessing in my life. Note: the featured image of this post is my best friend who I met at auditions and who played Madame Thenardier. She was and is nine kinds of awesome!
I haven’t been actually ON stage in a long time, because I allowed myself to feel like I was too fat and ugly to be up there, (and also that I wasn’t really a good enough actor) but I’m hoping to conquer that this season. There are a couple of shows I wouldn’t mind auditioning for, directors I would love to work with, and of course, the chance to reprise a role and play the same character I played when I first started, when we produce a new entry in the Buttermilk series: A Dark and Stormy Night at the Buttermilk Hotel, written partly by one of those new theatre friends. I’ll have hopefully had my weight loss surgery a few months before the Buttermilk play is ready to audition, and I’ll be feeling a lot better about my weight. I’m also probably going to start working with a practitioner of FDN, functional diagnostic nutrition, and getting some health issues solved even before I have surgery. We’ll see how it works.
So back to the last day of school. I just feel like I want to try to remember everything. So far it’s been a good day, but it’s only 2nd hour! I’m going to finish this post and grade the tests from 1st hour. Let the day only go up from here! And in only three weeks, I’ll be on my way to ALASKA!!! Yessss!
Until next time,