Notes from Jan

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!

June 8, 2019

It’s a beauty of a morning at my Perch with breeze blowing off the Atlantic’s sun dappled waters. Feel like singing, twirling about (cautiously) on the deck, arms spread wide like Julie Andrews in the opening scene of The Sound of Music, only I’d belt out Oklahoma’s, “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’.” I could and would if I didn’t like my neighbors and care about property values.

Wednesday, on a whim, I cued up at the North Shore Music Theatre to grab a last minute ticket to see Oklahoma. It was a matinee performance with the audience populated mostly by white, gray, blue and no hair folks. I felt right at home.

The show had me at “Oh!” when Curly entered the stage on horseback, a real horse, with Curly singing like it truly was, “A beautiful mornin’!” After the initial shock and delight, I found myself hoping the horse didn’t do something unscripted. I blame my momentary worry on an old Carol Burnett show when I watched a horse lift his tail and ad lib on live TV, something meant to be done only in private.

Well, it did me good to sit among some hard-of-hearing who hummed and sang along, at times. It’s that kind of musical, until you get to the song I forgot was in it, “Pore Jud is Dead.” I left that one alone.

Turns out the gentleman seated next to me had turned back the ticket I bought. He, long time subscriber, welcomed me and offered me his VIP pass to use the restroom at half-time, or intermission, to some who aren’t into sporting events. I felt a little odd when he said, “I’ll go with you.”

The VIP pass allows one to use a restroom without a block-long line. They also served free  drinks and other refreshments in an adjacent Bistro, which I chose not to partake of since I didn’t want to leave half way through the second half. While my escort waited outside the door marked W, I wondered if I gave off signals, especially since one of the more famous songs is, “I’m Just a Girl Who Cain’t Say No.” Well, I said “No” to the drinks and nothing else was asked of me.

All in all, it gave me a lift to go to Oklahoma for a good part of the afternoon. As I was leaving the theatre I overhead one old lady(my age) complaining, “There was just so much music and dancing.” To which her friend responded, “Well, it was a musical, after all.”

Yes, it was.

While the Baptist in me stymies the dancing, I’m still singing,”Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’!”

And it is.

And I wish you a beauty of a day, as well.

Neither horse nor VIP pass needed.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Radina Welton June 8, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Beautiful here, too. And this made it even more so as I giggled at so many lines and felt sad for you at the one with Jud in it. Another piece of good, and always uplifting, writing. Thank you.

    • Reply Jan Carlberg June 8, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      It’s OK, Radina. I can compartmentalize and put the dead-Jud-on-stage in another category from my Jud-who-art-in heaven.

  • Reply Maggie Rowe June 8, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Jan, I don’t know why my computer doesn’t allow me to “like” this post even after 3 tries hitting the button above, but I read and am blessed by all of your posts. I was a life-long Baptist too (now a Methodist after relocating south, imagine that!) and I dance every chance I get, and some I don’t. I really need to get invited to more weddings. But maybe I wasn’t allowed to like this post because it’s more accurate to say I love it instead. Keep writing please!

    • Reply Jan Carlberg June 8, 2019 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks for “loving it instead.” I had fun recalling, then writing about my whimsical Wednesday.

  • Reply dale June 8, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Thanks Jan,

    i am in Poznan, Poland and visited a special Saturday afternoon matinee of music and dancing for “senior citizens.” They laughed, they smiled, they danced the polka and then grabbed their things and went “home alone.” But, for an hour, they were alive and enjoying the day. Music still has the power to break through and unite, if only for an afternoon.

    It is a beautiful morning here in Poland. Blessings, Dale

    • Reply Jan Carlberg June 10, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Fun to think on, Dale. Music has” the power to break though” and bless, even after one goes “home alone.” I’m sure, if you’d joined the dance, they’d still be smiling, if not laughing out loud!

  • Reply Jeri June 9, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Love, love, love this! A great morning read. Blessings to you Jan as you give us delight in your slices of life

    • Reply Jan Carlberg June 10, 2019 at 11:32 am

      Happy to add to your “Love” life! It still makes me laugh, but then I’m not hard to entertain.

  • Reply Wendy June 11, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Hahaha! You’re a hoot and I love you! Glad you got to go to a musical – we love them! Especially the classics. <3

  • Reply Eleanor June 12, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Dear Jan. Happy that you could see Oklahoma! It is my favorite musical. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and I had a few laughs. Love Eleanor

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