“I’ve heard it said
that people come into our lives for a reason
bringing something we must learn.
For Good from Wicked
It’s been another great summer.
There is, of course, the food. We love the return each year of the summer seafood extravaganza of lobsters, steamers and oysters. It’s probably odd how proud I am of the fact that my girl loves oysters, but I am. There is the bounty from my garden, tomatoes, basil and cucumbers, bursting from what has to be the scrappiest looking garden in MA.
We love the visits to the beach house from family and friends. Fun in the waves, rock collecting, hanging on the porch, and more food.
And K had a blast at Circus Smirkus camp. She calls it a place where “everyone can just be themselves.” So glad we found that oasis for her in VT. We also got to enjoy K’s performance in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Kudos to the folks at the Performing Arts Center in Framingham for pulling together such a quality performance in only three weeks!
But if I had to pick a favorite, it would be K’s and my visit to NYC to see “Wicked.” We decided several years ago to take a trip by ourselves each summer. The first trips were to amusement parks but after last summer’s trip to see “The Lion King”, we’ve changed our focus to an annual excursion to Broadway. I love the alone time with her focused entirely on fun. We take the train, have dinner, spend a night, and get some shopping in but the highlight is the show. Some of you may recall that K and I sing “Defying Gravity” from time to time so we were especially looking forward to this year’s performance and hearing “our song.”
And Elphaba rocked it. Nailed it. Killed it. Feel free to fill in the amazing phrase of your choice. Watching the actress raise up on her broomstick while belting out that song was truly awesome. But it was a song near the end of the show that really got me. I had heard “For Good” before and recognized the beautiful song. But hearing Elphaba and Glinda sing it while on a date with my beautiful daughter gave the words special meaning.
“And we are led
to those who help us most to grow
if we let them
and we help them in return.
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
because I knew you”
I honestly don’t know who I’d be today without you K. It’s not just that I’m someone’s mother, and there certainly was a time when being anyone’s mother was far from certain. I am who I am because I’m your mother and being your mother is the greatest joy of my life.
And yes, we got the “Wicked” soundtrack. And yes, we still sing “Defying Gravity”, but “For Good” makes a great duet too. I try not to read too much into the fact that I have the Wicked Witch part.
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
I do believe I have been
changed for the better
Because I knew you…
I have been changed for good.