JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 352 :: good people

21 Dec

It’s amazing how much has changed in my hometown. Being home, going home, it’s always the same because it’s never the same. It’s not the same town I grew up in, it has grown up too, I suppose like all of us.

On this trip, the biggest shock was seeing The Masonic Temple is now a gas station. But other things are just the same, if not better.

Like the movie theatre. The ornate Orpheum, with it’s second floor balcony and beautiful interior has been revived and is being renovated for it’s original purpose: theatre. And tonight I took my nephew there to see the play he needed to see for school. An actual play, with a playbill and real, live, breathing actors.

Peak Performance Moment of the Day?
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

I also noticed something else in this town that is just as beautiful as it ever was or has been:  my family.

My aunties and uncles and cousins and nephews and all the people who call each other family. As we gathered tonight before the funeral, I was moved by the connection and love, memories and moments, and all the little things that we share. The laughter, the past, the stories, the photos, the did you remember when, and who was it that, and when did we and on an on.

It is the language of family. They are words that come from the deepest part of the heart. The kind that binds, through heaven and earth, thick and thin, till death do we part, forever and into eternity.

As I heard one of my cousins say…”These people are good people.”
Indeed. Good people.

More tomorrow. 


 {who are your good people?}

2 Responses to “JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 352 :: good people”

  1. Julie December 21, 2014 at 11:20 PM #

    You know- I only ended up two hours away from our hometown and saw a lot of changes as they were happening when we went to visit my folks, and it still never ceases to be disorienting to go “home” and find that it’s not *precisely* “home” anymore. (The CSI renovations of the Fine Arts building are especially disorienting, I spent SO MANY hours there.) As a lifelong theatre geek, I am SO very happy about the Orpheum’s restoration – to tell the truth, I’d sort of like to perform there someday. 🙂 Sorry for your loss that lead to this visit, and glad you’re enjoying your family.

    Along with the theme of this post – in additional to all the family I have who are “good people” I have this fantastic “extended theatrical family tree” of all the wonderful theatre people I’ve performed with over the years. Some of my very favorite people!

    • Jamie December 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM #

      Julie, I’m so glad you shared this with me! And in the spirit of theater families would you believe who I ran into here? Carrie (who played Ruth in Seven Brides for Jump Company). Turns out she married my cousin! Small world. Sending you some love from “home” and YES you must perform at The Orpheum. I would love to be there to watch too!

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