I'm not sure if we have bad breath or other hygienic issues of which we are unaware, but we got only one Christmas party invitation this year. In years past, our dance cards were punched for the first three weeks of the month.
We did get invited to a party in Tuscaloosa by one of our dear friends. He'd also invited several people from the local Alabama Public Radio station. It would have been a great opportunity to do some networking as one of my goals is to do stories for NPR in the future.
But as it turns out, our great nieces and nephew had roles in The Nutcracker and it was scheduled for tonight.
We still might have considered skipping the play and going to the party, but my nephew (the father of the great-nieces/nephew in the play) played the role of Mother Ginger, and that was something we couldn't pass up.
Now imagine if you will, a Colts offensive lineman dressed in drag. Well if our nephew James hadn't had bad knees, he could have easily played first-string O-line for the Colts.
If you've ever seen The Nutcracker, Mother Ginger is supposed to come out with all the polichinelles under her skirt and then the kids are supposed to pop out and surprise the audience. These young actors weren't having any part of that. They followed Mother Ginger out keeping a respectable distance, lest they be stepped on by the giant dude with makeup.
I know I'm prejudiced, but this was the best performance of the I've ever seen. The entire show was delightful.
I'm very proud of all "the kids". It was a good decision to go to the play.
Note - Jilda also has funny story about our nieces and nephews. Go to Transformation Information