Sentimental Fool

I was on vacation last week. My vacation actually started a day early. I normally take a week, but this time I took the Friday before as well because my best friend and her husband and daughter were driving out from Pennsylvania for the weekend. They arrived Thursday night, and we started Friday with a fun trip to the zoo with her mini-me and BFF’s hubby. Friday evening, she and I drove up to Boston to see Wicked.

I should explain, I’d seen the play three times before this, so it wasn’t new to me, but it was something I’d wanted to do for a very long time, to see it with my BFF. See, I say she’s the Galinda to my Elphaba, but the characters in the play are not just like us – while my younger life was a lot like Elphie’s as far as being a social outcast, Nichole is not at ALL like Galinda when they first meet. And yet, their friendship is still so similar to ours. We are the yin to one another’s yang, she is the light to my dark (and I think sometimes I’m the light to her dark), etc. We are so different in so many ways…and yet so alike in other ways. We both have strong opinions, feel deeply, are nerdy and quirky and creative.

There are people who come into our lives for a reason, and while it might hurt when they leave our lives, we eventually realize that the reason is because their purpose was achieved. But true friends…those are the ones that are special enough that you feel like you’ve known them forever and can’t imagine your life without them in it; in fact, sometimes it’s hard to even remember a time when they weren’t in your life.

Seeing Wicked with Nichole was a magical experience. Two best friends who probably wouldn’t have known each other if not for circumstances that we didn’t even control, a friendship that began with one of those people who came into our lives for a reason and left as soon as the purpose was achieved.

I don’t know if everyone has friendships like ours. I hope so. I never have before. My bestie is family. Sure, we have our disagreements on things, we argue, we’ve gotten angry at each other…but we always manage to find our way back “home” again. We are attached at the soul. We have seen each other at our worst and our best, have held each other up when we needed it or pulled each other back down to Earth when necessary. Sister of my soul, the Galinda to my Elphaba, the Elphaba to the Galinda in me.


FOR GOOD
LYRICS BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ

ELPHABA

I’m limited
Just look at me–I’m limited
And just look at you–
You can do all I couldn’t do, Glinda…

[She gives Glinda the Grimmerie. Glinda: “Elphie, you know I can’t read this. Elphaba: Well, then–you’ll have to learn.]

Because now it’s up to you
For both of us–
Now it’s up to you

ELPHABA

[spoken – You’re the only friend I’ve ever had.

GLINDA

And I’ve had so many friends. But only one– that mattered.]

(sings)
I’VE HEARD IT SAID
THAT PEOPLE COME INTO OUR LIVES FOR A REASON
BRINGING SOMETHING WE MUST LEARN
AND WE ARE LED
TO THOSE WHO HELP US MOST TO GROW
IF WE LET THEM
AND WE HELP THEM IN RETURN
WELL, I DON’T KNOW IF I BELIEVE THAT’S TRUE
BUT I KNOW I’M WHO I AM TODAY
BECAUSE I KNEW YOU…

LIKE A COMET PULLED FROM ORBIT
AS IT PASSES A SUN

LIKE A STREAM THAT MEETS A BOULDER
HALFWAY THROUGH THE WOOD
WHO CAN SAY IF I’VE BEEN CHANGED FOR THE BETTER?
BUT BECAUSE I KNEW YOU
I HAVE BEEN CHANGED FOR GOOD …

ELPHABA

IT WELL MAY BE
THAT WE WILL NEVER MEET AGAIN
IN THIS LIFETIME
SO LET ME SAY BEFORE WE PART
SO MUCH OF ME
IS MADE OF WHAT I LEARNED FROM YOU
YOU’LL BE WITH ME
LIKE A HANDPRINT ON MY HEART
AND NOW WHATEVER WAY OUR STORIES END
I KNOW YOU HAVE RE-WRITTEN MINE
BY BEING MY FRIEND…

LIKE A SHIP BLOWN FROM ITS MOORING
BY A WIND OFF THE SEA
LIKE A SEED DROPPED BY A SKYBIRD
IN A DISTANT WOOD
WHO CAN SAY IF I’VE BEEN CHANGED FOR THE BETTER?
BUT BECAUSE I KNEW YOU…

GLINDA

BECAUSE I KNEW YOU…

BOTH

BECAUSE I KNEW YOU
I HAVE BEEN CHANGED FOR GOOD…

ELPHABA

AND JUST TO CLEAR THE AIR
I ASK FORGIVENESS
FOR THE THINGS I’VE DONE YOU BLAME ME FOR

GLINDA

BUT THEN, I GUESS WE KNOW
THERE’S BLAME TO SHARE

BOTH

AND NONE OF IT SEEMS TO MATTER ANYMORE

___

[They sing simultaneously]

GLINDA

LIKE A COMET PULLED FROM
ORBIT/AS IT PASSES A SUN/
LIKE A STREAM THAT MEETS A
BOULDER/ HALF-WAY
THROUGH THE WOOD

ELPHABA

LIKE A SHIP BLOWN OFF ITS
MOORING/BY A WIND OFF THE
SEA/ LIKE A SEED DROPPED BY A
BIRD IN
THE WOOD

___

BOTH

WHO CAN SAY IF I’VE BEEN CHANGED FOR THE BETTER?
I DO BELIEVE I HAVE BEEN CHANGED FOR THE BETTER

GLINDA

AND BECAUSE I KNEW YOU…

ELPHABA

BECAUSE I KNEW YOU…

BOTH

BECAUSE I KNEW YOU…
I HAVE BEEN CHANGED FOR GOOD.

For Good? For Better! For My Bestie!

I went to see Wicked last night at the Providence Performing Arts Center. This is my third time seeing this musical, and I cry every time I see it. It’s a timeless story with a message about an underdog/black sheep, a friendship, love, betrayal…

Sitting in the theater last night, my husband, my brother, and my brother’s wife beside me, I really wished that my best friend Nichole was there with me…because I think this is the perfect show for besties to see together.

Nichole and I met online in a virtual world through a mutual friend. The mutual “friend” turned out to be a jackass, but I am grateful every day for the fact that through him, I met her. I’m a firm believer that some people come into our lives for reasons – the reason he came into my life was clear…and once his job was accomplished, he was soon gone from my life.

Nichole and I have met in person several times and text each other almost daily. I can’t imagine my life without her in it. We are so different from each other, yet in many ways, we are so alike. We have different views, different beliefs, different opinions of some things – but we complement each other.

Nichole, I love you! We need to see Wicked together. This is why:

<3