One weekend Merrimack Hall, a local theater in Huntsville was hosting one of Second City’s traveling troupes. They were doing an improv workshop and show. Our improv director, Eugene Banks, worked it out with the theater for our troupe to attend the workshop and preform with them during their show.
I will never forget that night at the show, I was intimidated and nervous. I had been doing improv for about a year or year and a half. At this point, as we stepped on the stage that night, I wouldn’t move.
We were all standing in a straight line doing a one liner kind of game. For the life of me, I don’t remember the name of the guy that stood beside me, but he placed his hand in the small of my back and nudged me to step out and take a chance. I did, and it changed me forever. I gained so much that night. Here I was, a girl from a small town on the stage with professional improvisers from the Mecca of improv, Chicago, and I was hanging with them. It would have never happened had I not gotten that nudge. I wished I knew the guy’s name so I could thank him. Here he is in this picture I’m birthing him.
Yes, I said birthing him. I had twins in this scene of freeze tag.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven years ago.
That night I got pushed off of a cliff. The best part was the person who pushed me trusted that I would I land on lmy feet, and I did.
I was thinking today how time sure does fly by. It seems like yesterday that we were getting married and having our babies. Now, this
turned into this.
What the heck?
Despite the fact that they’ve grown up on me, I’m so proud of our family.
If you don’t like mom gloating then just skip this part.
I am most proud of this, both of my girls are kind to others, giving to others, and loving to others. Eric and I are blessed to have them apart of our lives.
Holly is doing extremely well.
This year, she started her sophomore year continuing her academic scholarship after making the dean’s list both semesters of her freshman year she was asked to be in a theater tour group, and she is receiving a stipend for the workshop (building scenery.) Throughout the year, she was asked to assistant direct two shows at UAB. While doing all of this she managed to make the dean’s list again both semesters. Also, she is becoming quiet the stunt girl. Here is a video of that.
For her Junior year, she has renewed her academic scholarship, received a stipend for the workshop and she has been asked to be in tour group again. This summer she is working and moving into an apartment. I am extremely proud of her.
Now Ms. Heidi is doing equally as well.
She graduated high school early,in December, with and Advanced diploma with distinction. This summer, she is working at a local museum. She is saving money to move to Nashville to go to SAE (Sound and Audio Engineering institute of Technology) to become a music producer. She has written a recorded several songs already. She has brought me to tears with the stuff she plays. I will never understand how she musically does what she does. She plays music all the time. I am astonished by her accomplishments.
They have accomplished a lot, but I was proud of them the day that I found out they were entering the world.
About a week ago, hubby and I took a big leap in hiking on the mountain. We decided to do the whole tollgate trail on Monte Sano Mountain.
When we got to a fork in the road, we took a wrong turn and ended up on high trail. By this time, I was getting tired already. When I turn my hat around, you will know I’m tired.
I will say that those steps were worth it when we saw this.
The picture doesn’t do it justice really. It was breath taking. You can see the rocket at the Space and Rocket Center in the background. Also, we added a little hike in the midst of all this to the water basin for the Monte Sano hotel that use to be on top of the moutain in the 1800. The chimney is still there in someone’s front yard. But the water basin was pretty neat.
At the end of our 41/2 hour hike, I wasn’t the only one that was tired.
I rested in my hammock while he went the old fashion way and fell asleep on the rocks.
It’s a land of discovery. Every time that I step onto a stage or into a rehearsal. I learn more about my strength and struggles. This is the very reason why I keep coming back. Improv isn’t just about fun and games. It’s a place of sharing and vulnerability. It’s a place of confession and forgiveness. It’s a place that is honest and truthful. It’s a place for breaking down and building up again. A place where you gain confidence that you may not be able to find anywhere else. Here are five things that I like about improv. (realize that I have 100 more)
1. It accepts me for who I am.
I don’t have to change one physical thing about me. I don’t have to be taller, or skinnier to do improv. I can come in as who I am and become skinner if I deem it so.
2. It has given me confidence to do all of those things I think and talk myself out of.
I was one of those kids that would blurt out whatever and would find myself being told to sit on the couch thinking about what I had done. Improv let’s me dance all over the line of etiquette. It let’s me say those things that otherwise I would not have a place to say them.
3. It has taught me to attempt things that I never thought of.
When someone else comes on stage with you and gives you an idea, sometimes you are taken by surprise. It’s very exciting when this happens. It’s not always been the case. I used to be very afraid of the thought of not knowing everything.
4. It has reestablished trust in people that I had lost on the stage.
You have to have the trust or the audience will know. Being able to have another person you can 100% count on, is the best feeling in the world.
5. It has pushed me to become a better listener.
I love to talk. I mean LOVE to talk. I don’t run over people on purpose. I have decided that my nervous habit is talking. Some people bite their nails, I talk. So any movement towards listening is an improvement for me. If I’m listening in a scene it is a great compliment to my scene partner because it most likely means that I’m relaxed and engaged.
No matter if you are a CEO or actor wanting to broaden youR horizons. Improv can help you be a better you.
If you have read any of my social media lately, you know that we have moved on top of a mountain. It’s getting warmer now and this has allowed me to begin to explore a little more. Here are some pictures of my first day out in the spring. The above photo is a picture of some wildflowers that are everywhere on top of the moutain. The purple stands out so much among the brow and green backdrop.
This picture is on the old reailroad trail that went up the mountain in the late 1800’s.
This is another picture of the water that runs all through the trail.
If you look closely in this picture you will sse iron ore on the rock. This was my favorite picture of the day. This tree looked like a big hand trying to hold on to the soil. It was growing sideways out of the bank.
So much more to see here. It is just beautiful.
I decided that i would make a little Easter craft for my window.
I tool all of this.
And made this.
Some people shutter at those three little words. Mother in Laws have a lot of power. How they use this power can be the success or failure of a marriage. Some people despise the day they married their husband because they also married into a family that has a mother. That mother is controlling and still wants to be the woman in her son’s life.
I haven’t had that experience before. I attribute this to several reasons.
1. I met my mother in law before I met my husband. We use to hang out and singles activities all the time. We like each other.
2. My husband refused to be the go between. I
3. We decided early on that if we had a problem with each other, we would handle it one or two ways.
1. get over it and let it go.
2. Talk about it and come to a solution.
It has gone well. This past Christmas, my mother in law gave me this necklace.
The message says it all. I know she means every word. Today is my mother in laws birthday. I’m glad I got to meet her, and I’m glad that she allowed me to marry her son. Happy Birthday Mavis!!!!!!
My senior year in high school in 1987 at a pep rally!!!! Go Rattlers!!!!