Recently, she invited me to join them for a Wednesday matinee at a local musical theater, and then an early supper.
|Sandy, in the middle, with her sisters Carol and Kay.|
|The theater is the City of Clinton's Showboat! It's an actual PADDLEWHEELER...which really is floating on the Mississippi River|
|The theater is small -- my guess is that it seats 200 people...|
|This performance was completely sold out!|
I hate the musical CATS. Many years ago, I walked out of the actual Broadway production of CATS. I just didn't get it. I thought it was a terrible waste of time. For years, I've been saying CATS is musical theater's answer to the Emperor's New Clothes.
Once, when I was telling my funny story about how I walked out of CATS, a friend of mine said (in a patronizing tone) -- "Well, Rita, you know, it's an allegory."
I looked at her and said, "If you think you're helping me -- you're not."
So, the truth is, I was not looking forward to another production of CATS. But, I was happy about spending time with Sandy's crew...and I wouldn't dream of saying anything negative. The day isn't all about the musical.
However -- a funny thing happened during this performance. I loved it.
|After the show -- we walked next door to the beautiful Candlelight Restaurant. RIGHT ON THE RIVER...|
Maybe the lesson is that everything and everybody deserves a second chance.
Or that you should always go into something with an open heart.
Or -- the true secret to happiness is lowered expectations.
At any rate -- I wished I could take Lilly...it was THAT good.