I took Friday off work to go to the theatre with a friend. Barb had originally bought the tickets to go with her great niece last Christmas, but the show got cancelled. Then the niece moved to Mississippi. Barb wrote the tickets off but she got an email from out of the blue that they were going to honor the tickets.
The performance was called AirPlay, and it is two performers, well, playing with air. Think Cirque du Soleil but geared for children. It was charming and funny. Apparently the performers have their roots in street shows so it was very audience interactive. Here is the link for the troop, if you’re interested in knowing more:
Besides the show, the young people who attended really interested me. They were pretty well behaved as a group. My heart did go out to one young lady who was about 11 years old. She was at the age where you want to look cute but you still want to play. She had gone with looking cute and she was very careful about her clothes and shoes, but she tried to play with the other kids in her group too. She couldn’t run and was clearly frustrated. And I can’t help wondering why it is that the things that make women beautiful are also the things that cripple us. We are so busy looking cute that we lose the option of running with our friends.
There was also a young boy with a frisbee. He was throwing it up in the air and catching it and of course it got caught in a tree. He was seriously bummed. After a few minutes, he took of his sneaker and began throwing it into the tree to try to jar the frisbee loose. I kept thinking, he’s going to lose the sneaker next. Finally a middle aged man walked over, followed by an older man. I thought, here come dad and grandpa to tell him not to risk the shoe. I was wrong. They stopped a few feet away and began pointing and discussing. I couldn’t hear them, but I could imagine them saying, “Throw it just a little more to the left, no harder, like that but hit that little branch there” and other encouraging things. And I thought, this is the difference between men and women. A woman would have written off the frisbee and said told the boy, that’s what you get for acting like that. Men bond over problem solving.