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October 6, 2012

I am a woman of many masks

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The theme for October over at NaBloPoMo is “Masks“.  I am intrigued by some of the questions posed as writing prompts for the first week of October: When you saw the word mask, was your first interpretation protection, covering up, persona, or performance? Are you good at hiding your feelings or is your face an open book? Do you enjoy acting?

Masks.  We’ve all worn them actually or metaphorically.

Halloween and pretending are what first came to mind when I thought of masks.  But then I started thinking more metaphorically.  Sort of like wearing many hats, only perhaps a little more personal.  How easily can we hide an emotion when we need to?  Can a mask allow you to live out something you’d never admit to wanting to do in your real life?

I, as all of us do, play many roles in my life: daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher, friend – to name a few.

When I am with these people, I need no mask.  They are my heart and soul.

What about the blogger me, the photographer me, the me I hope to be?

Can all these me’s happily coexist without the need of a mask?

It seems I’ve asked more questions than I’ve answered here.  Am I good at hiding my feelings?  In general I’d say no.  There are times when I must, but I’ve been told my eyes give me away.

Do I enjoy acting?  I know I can put myself up on the stage.

I can act the way I need to in a given situation, despite what my heart may think.

What do you think, voodoo-man?  Do we need to wear our masks to get along in this world?

What about you, dear readers and friends?  Who is that masked man or woman?

July 7, 2010

Butterfly Fly Away

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The butterfly metaphor post.  After the comments I received in the “voting” post, I hope this doesn’t disappoint!

About a week ago, my girls and I received our video of our recital.  It is something we look forward to watching together each year.  We complain about the mistakes we made and how we wish the videographer had done this or that, but mostly we enjoy reliving our big night.  As we watch, we also talk about things we heard from friends and relatives who watched the show about things that happened and favorite parts of the show.  One unexpected reaction that we heard about was one of Sarah’s dances turning out to be the “tearjerker” of the show.  Usually, each year there is at least one dance that is so sweet is causes a few joyful tears to flow.  One year it was a beautiful mother-daughter duet done by dear friends of mine.  I didn’t have a strong reaction to this dance myself, I think, because I was caught up in the hurry, hurry of the night.  As I think back about it now, I understand.

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(Sarah pictured center)

Sarah’s class was a group of 13 girls aged 9-12 dancing to Miley Cyrus’s Butterfly Fly Away.  We are not Miley fans in this house, but this song was sweet.  Included in this class is a darling girl who happens to have Down’s Syndrome.  She did well in the class but needed some prompting to be where she was supposed to be.  The girls in the class handled this very well, and their cooperation seemed to add to the charm of the dance.  The lyrics of the song couldn’t help but remind the families of the dancers that it wouldn’t be very long before our butterflies fly away.

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(Sarah pictured left)

Sarah is my younger daughter, but as I’ve mentioned before, my older one is in high school.  It won’t be long before college is breathing down our necks.  Sarah “officially” becomes a teenager in a few weeks.  Where is the time going?   As parents, we all hope that we have “done right” by our children, so that when our butterflies do fly away, they will  be able to “take those dreams and make them all come true.”