Hello friends. Missed you yesterday. We are on our way home from the anniversary weekend plus a few other significant dates wrapped in there.
The Marriott hotel we stayed at was sold out so getting two adjoining rooms (who wants to get arrested for child abandonment on their anniversary?) took extra maneuvering by Marriott’s good staff along with my husband’s gentle ways. We landed in an upgraded suite the size of a small country for the same previous price. I’ve never been in something like that and we all felt like superstars.
(This is sounding newsy.)
Anywho, the next day we joined my brother and his family at a matinée showing of Les Miserables at the Ahmanson Theater – we’ve planned this for a year. There we were; a few adults and a long string of children all polished and shiny. We had bought feathered masquerade masks to play it up and were dressed to the nines. The house was sold out.
We had prepared ourselves with the soundtrack, Victor Hugo‘s unabridged printed English translation (didn’t finish that yet this time around – hoping still), the 25th Anniversary recording at the The O2 and lots of chat. The kids were happy to go with their cousins and you can imagine that all should have gone well.
What to say. Some things we must prepare for in other ways.
Sitting there, my son on my lap and just the slightest sound of tearing chocolate bar wrapper, and the head in front of us turned into a face with a mouth,
Some minutes later, my son was drinking from his water bottle,
For G–‘s sake! Put that away!
There was more from our theater-head and after three otherwise beautiful hours, Les Miserables was over. A lady a few chairs away from the theater-head whom I think was in his party said,
Next time choose to take them to a Disney Production, would you?
Later in the car, my girls were wondering about the, “super mean people in front of us,” and I remembered the words still fresh in my thoughts,
To love another man is to see the face of God.
How to love? By starting with loving me. Who knows about those people? I don’t. I don’t know anything about them at all. I can just work my junk over and grow my own bank. Then I can love even people who are mean to my beautiful kids. I can think about their possible frontal lobe dementia, disinhibition and medication non-compliance and empathize. I can think about their torn families and children who’ve abandoned them and come home only on Christmas. I can think about their missed opportunities to claim their freedom to self-care. By starting with me, I can enter into their hurt and see that through their eyes, they see an angry unsafe world and they are suffering. That is something of what Victor Hugo may have talked about.
When I was younger, a one o’clock Sunday matinée was when kids came but maybe not any more. Ah well. I saw the face of God.
Self-Care Tip – Love another man to see the face of God.
- Books for the Beach (spurgeon.wordpress.com)
- Tom Hooper’s ‘Les Misérables’ may star Hugh Jackman and Paul Bettany (csmonitor.com)