Jenna and I went to see The Music Man last night. It was all you expect from an old-fashioned musical, and for some of you the thought of just that is nauseating beyond being tolerated, but for Jenna and I it is most enjoyable. The escape from reality into the magical world of musical theater is one of the things we enjoy most.
And really, wouldn't it be fantastic if the world worked that way? If you put your feet on the floor in the morning with the anticipation of musical numbers bursting out of nowhere with full orchestra accompaniment. Where people played a part that was scripted and always timed perfectly. Where the plot of the day is never too deep or intellectual but has enough moral conflict to make you feel good about the decisions made. A day where everyone is rooting for the couple to live happily ever after and make prefect harmonies as the last notes of the score are heard. And then... the whole cast of your day gets to return to the stage and receive applause for a job well done (that part should be a new federal mandate for the end of everyone's day--all days should end with each person receiving a warm round of applause!) I think life lived like in a musical really may not be such a bad idea.
So here's to all of you who trudge along today and do the work put before you with a song in your heart. I tip my hat and raise my hands in a warm round of applause to all of you.