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I was busy chatting on Skype with a good friend when the phone rang. My husband answered, listened carefully and scribbled down a message. Later in the evening, I asked Chris about the phone call and he told me that a woman from the local theatre company wanted me to get in touch with her. If you recall, I went for an audition on March 12th.

Well, the good news is that the director originally picked me for the part of the scatterbrained social wife! Apparently, I did a good job, despite my total lack of experience in acting.   The bad news is that as the auditions continued on the next day, there was an unusual number of younger people trying out for the various roles but there were no older men available to play my husband.  I didn’t “fit” the part with a younger husband so the role went to a younger woman…this time.

The director was very complimentary and encouraged me to come hang out at the rehearsals, get to know the actors, help backstage with the performances in June and definitely audition for the next play.  So, it’s all good. I’m really looking forward to getting involved with this theatre group. Despite the fact that I am seen as “older,” there’s lots of “get up and go” in this gal and I’m up for the challenge of trying something new.

Robert Brault once said that, “It’s possible at any age to discover a lifelong desire you never knew you had.”  Muriel Spark wrote, ” Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur”  and Ralph Waldo Emerson wisely affirmed this truth: “The years teach much which the days never knew.”

Amen to that.

Life doesn’t have to get smaller as we grow older. I think it’s growth when the “me” becomes smaller – this leaves room and time to gain new perspective and see the world differently. The opportunities are endless but enthusiasm must take the lead.

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.  ~Doug Larson

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