When I care enough to send the very best

Hallmark hasn’t gotten any business from me in many years — not because I’m boycotting them or anything, but because I have no need for what they sell. That’s because my youngest daughter makes all my cards for me. She’s been doing this since she was just a little sprout (she’s now 17).

When my husband and I recently celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary, our daughter made a card for him to give me, and one for me to give him. Here’s his:

penguins

And here’s mine:

frogs

And here’s the card she made for my birthday:

birthday

(check out the label on the bottle — “Blue Bird Bitter”)

When she’s not drawing, or singing, or playing the piano, or reading, or knitting, or climbing trees, or riding her bike, she loves to act. Recently she played the part of Beatrice in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing,” part of the local theater guild’s Shakespeare in the Park series. Here’s a picture of her tormenting her love interest, Benedick — something Beatrice spends most of the play doing, before finally giving in and marrying him in the end:

beatrice & benedick

 

Later this month she’ll be performing in a program her voice teacher puts on every summer, called “A Little Bit of Broadway.” The students perform songs from Broadway shows, in costume and in character. My daughter will be singing “I’m Not That Girl” from Wicked. I haven’t asked her yet how she plans to color her skin green for the performance — I’m not sure I want to know.

Never a dull moment!

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14 responses to “When I care enough to send the very best

  1. chrissythehyphenated

    WONDERFUL, Bob. Thank you so much for sharing! Gotta go send the link to my girls. They will love this!

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  2. Auntie Lib

    You have a talented and lovely daughter!

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  3. Unbelievably wonderful, Bob! You are so blessed. Our son is a huge fan of Wicked, and I’m forwarding this to him right now. Like your daughter, he once performed in Wizard of Oz in Community Theater, but he was just a flying monkey. I still give him crap about that! Thanks for sharing! You have a very talented daughter!

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    • The part she really wanted in “Wizard” was the Wicked Witch of the West, but she didn’t get it — she had to play the Tin Man instead. That was her very first children’s theater experience, many moons ago.

      Your son and my daughter would probably be great pals, if only we didn’t live so far apart!

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      • No kidding. Just from the fact that you have grass in the background of your flower pics, I’d guess it’s a long way, and a 5000 ft altitude diff, too!

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      • chrissythehyphenated

        I got the Wicked Witch part and was disappointed, cuz I wanted to be Dorothy. Thinking back, I had a lot more fun than Dorothy did! LOL And it was a huge step up from #1 Chorus person the year before. The director decided the chorus should all dress in black and sit in chairs on the floor in front of the stage. She arranged them in a triangle … which put me at the apex, just bare feet from the front row of spectators. I think this was my second least favorite theater experience ever … topped only by a stint as a stage manager to a nut ball director who refused to call me by my real name.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I played a fairy in Midsummer Night’s Dream … I’m thinking I got much less crap than your son the flying monkey LOL.

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      • Lucky! My daughter really wanted the part of the fairy (Ariel) when she was in “The Tempest,” but at 5’8″, she just didn’t fit the role — they wanted someone dainty and petite and ethereal — so she had to settle for playing Iris. She didn’t get to be a fairy in “Midsummer Night’s Dream” either, but she got to play Helena, which suited her physique much better.

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        • chrissythehyphenated

          Clearly, they were not going for “dainy and petitie and ethereal” when they cast me LOLOL. I have always been one of those kids that is politely referred to as “solid” or “hasn’t outgrown her baby fat yet” or “built for child bearing.” ::snort::

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          • Well, my kids all take after their father — long and lean. I’m happy for them, that they don’t take after my side of the family … on the other hand, it’s a real drag to be the only one in the family with a weight problem. (I actually did outgrow my baby fat at one point, but it all returned with a vengeance when I started having babies, and lingers still, even though my baby is 17.)

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            • chrissythehyphenated

              I definitely relate to the outgrew it and got it back. I really enjoy seeing older actresses like Julie Andrews who have gotten matronly. Makes me feel like I finally grew into my body LOL.

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