Monday, November 06, 2006
View & Review
There's something special about the bright wide eyes of children who are believing the unbelievable. The innocence of youth is beautiful and scary when you think about it being lost, abused, or misdirected. But we all were there at some time in our life, we just can't remember it. Maybe that's why it's so wonderful to see it - especially in adorable grand children. A couple weeks ago a friend (initials - Danny Younger), brought us the gift of a talking deer head that is mounted on the wall and will sing songs, crack jokes, and move like it's alive. It's like having Disney World in our den. You can also use a microphone and talk through the deer and it moves as it talks your words. Saturday morning I had Pat provide the voice as our deer talked to Joshua and Caleb in our den. At first they were surprised, of course, and Caleb was even a little afraid. But within seconds they were talking with the deer head as if it were the most normal thing in the world. It was so sweet to see them carry on a conversation with a deer head that they clearly didn't see as dead. I can't wait to have all four grand kids here at Thanksgiving talking to the deer head. I think we need to come up with a name for the new deer. Any suggestions?
We went to see Spamalot last Saturday afternoon and enjoyed it. The word that I keep thinking of is "cute". It's not great theater or great music it's just fun. In fact, what I enjoyed most was the "making fun" of musicals that is a major theme through the show. It's worth seeing and full of typical MP humor, if you enjoy that kind of thing, and I do. In fact, most of the jokes would be classified in our family as "Dad jokes". I could do without the obligatory gay Lancelot number, but it was funny. Great costumes and scenery and some great audience connection/participation. All in all it was a good experience, but I'm sure it was nothing like seeing a great musical on Broadway with you-know-who!