So today: insert large portions of yesterday, except substitute the bar for going to see the play Much Ado About Nothing.
It was fantastic. I have seen Much Ado About Nothing twice, once adapted and once in its original form. Tonight the performance was in the latter, and I honestly was gobsmacked with the intensity, yet humour of the actors and their ability to wow me with words. It was put on in a small theatre (funnily enough next to a museum I’m thinking about doing my placement in) and put on by a theatre group from the university, non drama students though. It’d been awhile since I had been to a Shakespearean play, a long while, and I remembered why I love them so. Sometimes its just nice to get caught up in the language.
I’ve been gone quite literally all day. After classes today I had a curatorship meeting, which ended up lasting two hours, as we’ve sub-divided into groups and there are our of us in charge of writing the “exhibition brief” which will define a more coherent theme, aims, etc. Then we pitch it back to the group next week. I’m really excited how things are going so hopefully next week everyone else will be on board as well.
Tomorrow I’m going to Sheffield with my class. Not overly keen on the whole day, 8-8 being taken when I have piles, and piles of things that need sorting but the museums and galleries look quite fine. If my camera behaves perhaps I will be able to share some pictures.
Still, all the good that came with this day was made officially sweet with perhaps one of the longest, yet finest, emails I have received in some time.
I heard from my friend Bre who had not been speaking with Annie and I since we left uni, despite numerous attempts on our part to get in touch, which was very odd as having lived together or 4 years it was weird not hearing from her. She just kind of dropped off the face of the earth. Long story short, she is happy and healthy and quite near to being engaged from the sounds of it. She was recounting how her partner has two kids and even through the words on the screen I could see her face swell in happiness as she told me about them all and how much she loved them and how they are all moving into a house in the coming months.
The very first time we met, we ended up staying up all night eating ice cream, watching tv and listening to music in residence, she proclaimed her goal in life was to have as many kids as possible and shower them with love. One of my favourite lines from the email…You know how I am with babies. No worries, I’m not gonna start pumping any of them out until at least 4 years from now.
I can honestly say reading her words and hearing how happy she is I don’t think I’ve ever really been that happy for someone in a while. She deserves it.
So to conclude: today I realized how much I am in love with words and how even the simplest thing such as reading an email saying I miss you will cause a smile, and a lump in the throat. What word, phrase or sentence even, will always put a smile on your face?
Wow, this is rather sweet. Don’t worry, tomorrow I return to (jolly) cynicism.