Peter Pan.

It’s been 8 years and I’ve never gone on a date with Tommy.  During the summer we drove past a billboard for Peter Pan a million times on our way home from the beach.  I decided we were going, although I wasn’t really sure how we’d pull it off. I managed to land some great tickets at next to nothing and bribe Ruben to take care of the other kids.

I wasn’t sure if he’d really be into it but when I told him to go upstairs, get ready and oh yeah, put on something nice on I was floored with how he returned.  To him, nice usually means he’ll put on a shirt with no logos on it and maybe a pair of jeans that he didn’t pull out of the hamper. When he came down in a button down shirt, tie,  sweater vest AND he had washed his face, brushed his hair and teeth I knew he was excited.

When we got there it was raining and we had to run (giggling) to the theater so we wouldn’t get drenched because we didn’t bring the right umbrella. We looked at the all the junk they were selling and Tommy of course eyeballed the candy buffet! You can see that he stuffed that little takeout box to the gills with candy. Who knew the kid liked Taffy?! He filled the entire bottom half with salt water taffy.  Weird.

The production itself was great, cool use of the tent venue with animated image projection on the big top and some cirque type acrobatics.  I loved the gal they chose for Tink, she was not what you’d imagine first off as a good fit, but her character was perfect for the part. The character development was a good fit to that of J. M. Barrie and preferred this exploration much more than the watered down Disney tale.

There were also some very good lessons to be had…

“Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.”
~ J.M. Barrie

People who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.”
~ J.M. Barrie

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
~ J.M. Barrie

“Life is a long lesson in humility.”
~ J.M. Barrie

…and my personal favorite

“Build a house?” exclaimed John.
“For the wendy,” said Curly.
“For Wendy?” John said, aghast. “Why, she is only a girl!”
“That,” explained Curly, “is why we are her servants.”
~ J.M. Barrie

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