Jeanna, I really liked your Sunday evening blog. Not long after Steve and I first moved to Sun City Grand, we were fortunate enough to take one of the acting classes you offered to the Drama and Comedy Club. In one of those classes, you spoke about having a "personal object" to carry during the performances. I have carried the same object during every one of myperformances. It has a bit of a story behind it.
Around the time I turned 30 years old, I was working as a legal secretary in Idaho Falls, Idaho. One late spring afternoon I was sitting at my desk, furiously typing a complaint that had to be filed with the court before the clerk's office closed at 5:00. My boss was pacing back and forth behind my chair, incessantly asking "How's it coming?" and adding immense pressure to an already pressurized situation. I thought to myself that if I didn't get out of Idaho Falls, in 20 years I would still be sitting at that same desk, looking out of that same window, listening to that same boss. Not long after that day, I quit my job, sold my house and moved to Tucson, Arizona, to get my bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. Three years later, I graduated, and my mother gave me a beautiful gold watch on a gold chain that had the University of Arizona seal behind the face. Every time I look at that watch, I remember that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to. I wear it on stage to remind me how hard I've worked and how far I've come. I wish my parents could see what's happened in my life over the past 25 years. I wish they could see the play. I'll carry them with me along with the watch. Mom, don't be too shocked if i swear on stage. . . . .