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31 And Concert
Did you buy your
children costumes? I’ll bet
you a lot that many parents did not fail this test. Possibly you bought a Batman costume, a Superman or even a Darth
Vader costume. Something that
has a cape (Sorry, Mr. Incredible). And
if you, like a good parent, bought the costume way before the end of
October, this means for the whole month you have been asked, “Mom, can
you tie this?” So you tie
the cape and your children play pretend for a while. Minutes later, you again hear, “Mom can you tie this?” So you tie the mask and off the kids go again to their pretend
land. Until they realize to
complete their make-believe, they need something else and to get this
done, they come to you and ask, “Mom can you tie this?” So you tie their belts and you’re thinking the outfit is
complete. Except they go back
to you and comment, “Mom, you didn’t tie it tight enough.” So you tie again.
Already next time
you’re thinking “Velcro.”
Until your kids find
their old capes with the Velcro. So
they ask, “Mom, can you Velcro this?” So you do what they ask, with a small case “v” for Velcro as a
So you tie, tie, tie
gain, and Velcro, in between the dishes, laundry and more dishes.
Next, after many dress
rehearsals later, the costumes go inside out, so you are asked, “Mom,
can you fix this?” And
because you have been well-trained, you fix the costumes even before you
So you soak in and
wonder at all this activity until that number of “31” when capes are a
big deal, because at this age, your children should have flown from the
For now, however, enjoy
all the tying and velcroing, and because mom’s truly are only human and
wish for a break, here’s a tip: Tell
your kids you are going to wash their costumes so every time they ask when
they can put on their cape, tell them it is still in the wash. If you don’t, consider the cape already worn into shreds.
What you may be feel,
like Elastigirl, because your kids know how to stretch the same question
as far as it can go.
husband makes a suggestion. He
says he saw a poster announcing a Richie Havens concert on Thursday,
October 27, at Liberty Hall, in Lawrence, Kansas. He says we better go because you never know when he will be giving
a concert again, so we drive over to Liberty Hall to buy some tickets. I didn’t know who Richie Havens was, but my husband did.
It turns out, I was
watching A Walk On The Moon that was being shown on TV in
conjunction with A History Of Violence, and when the Woodstock
scenes were being shown, my husband heard, “Freedom,” and he
immediately informed me that the person singing was Richie Havens. This caught my attention so I looked forward to the concert.
Before the concert,
while everyone was taking their seats, I noticed that many in the
audience, about 90%, were about 50 years or older. Some had gray hair which they tied in a ponytail. My husband and I were definitely one of the 10% who were younger,
even though we are not much younger. The rest included the college-age kids who came with their parents
to see the concert. This
older group seemed to know more of Woodstock and what it represented
because while I may have an idea, these people lived through it, a time
when my husband and I were still learning our ABCs. That is, these people did not get stuck in the 50s. The fact they are making time to see a Richie Havens concert proves
it. (Even if some may be stuck in the 60s, Richie Havens brings
them to the present when he mentions the current government. The tone of what he meant is similar to what Viggo
Mortensen and Charlie Rose talked about during the Charlie Rose show
on PBS: Being patriotic does
not mean supporting your government. Being patriotic means supporting your country and what it stands
for and what it was found for).
During the concert,
Richie Havens would tune his guitar between each song. He apologized for this and explained, “I have two ears. One ear hears something and the other ear hears something else.”
The concert was truly
enjoyable and Richie Havens performs often his signature strumming style
and left thumb over the fret, and while some, sadly, are developing
arthritis at his age (something that will catch up with all of us one
day), Richie Havens was amazing, the energy of his fast strumming style,
his singing, and the general spirit of his concert, where he talks about
how in the 50s, when he was growing up, people were dumb and they were
taken advantage of, and then things turned over and the 60s became hip,
and in the next decades, we have been trying to figure it all out, what
happened back then, and in 2005, he says, we’re back in the 50s. He says this as if whispering in someone else’s ear, like a hint.
After the concert, as
fans stood in line to get autographs, I kept thinking how fortunate the
people in front of me were, a daughter who is introducing a young man to
her gray-haired-pony-tailed dad. They
brought their camera. Richie
Havens kindly stood next to each of them while they took pictures.
A picture also would
have been nice. Still, I was
happy to get Richie Havens’ autograph on his CD that I bought. I told him I truly enjoyed the concert, we shook hands and I set
down the CD cover for his autograph. I asked him if he has seen the movie, A Walk On The Moon,
and he answered, “Oh, yes.” I
mentioned that this was how I was "introduced" to his music.
After kindly giving his
autograph, he places his hand over his heart with his eyes closed, what he
did at the end of his show. I
thanked him very much and the next person in line was happy to have her
What a great night!