Sunday, January 15, 2012

{Monday} Moments: Circles


As the music
rose and swelled
and seemed to
swirl around me
like fallen leaves,
I peered down the
row of theater 
seats and smiled.

Sitting next to me,
my daughter, my
friend's daughter
and my friend were
mesmerized by 
the color and action
of the spectacle
unfolding before them.



Earlier in the production,
the song Circle of Life, 
with it's timeless 
message of beginnings 
and endings, had 
pricked my eyes 
with tears.

But at this moment
in The Lion King,
African music lifted
my heart and made
me consider how
my own circle of life
had led me here.



The Lion King musical
made it's debut in 1997
at this very same theater,
so in a way, this touring
production was a home-
coming, of sorts.

Circles.

In 1997, my little girl
was two and Mary's 
youngest daughter was 
four.  We lived several 
states away from one another
and our circles had not 
intersected since we 
graduated 
from high school.


And they wouldn't 
until her four year old was
13, when I returned to 
that small town for a 
milestone high school 
reunion.

Ironically, I met Mary 
when we were both 13 and 
my dad's job brought us to 
her town ~ which became 
mine, for five years ~ on 
the Canadian border.

Circles. 


We've reconnected since
Mary reached out and 
{gently} insisted I attend 
that class reunion.

I'm so glad that she 
was persistent, and happier, 
still, that I overcame my 
trepidations and took her 
up on it.



My daughter is now
 perched on the edge of 
the nest, and Mary's lives in 
our metro area, a freshman 
in college.  

As the drumbeats
shake the theater, I close
my eyes for a second and 
see her mother and myself, 
 13 again.  Sometimes, 
 when I am excited or caught 
up in the happiness of 
an evening like this,
 I still feel 13, inside.

Circles.

Hers & Mine
During our visit this
weekend, Mary shared
news about births, deaths
and other happenings in
my old town.  Success
 stories, tragedies, love....

Life.

Like this moving musical,
the circle of life plays itself
out, over and over again, in
that small place.

Me & Mary
I'm so grateful to 
have been part 
of the story.

It's the circle of life
and it moves us all
through despair and hope
through faith and love
'til we find our place
on the path unwinding
in the circle,
the circle of life.

xx 
Suzanne

Please join me
here at the water
cooler and share
some moments of
your own.  I might
even hum you a
few bars of 
Hakuna Matata : )







40 comments:

Hindsfeet said...

this so resonates with me tonight, Suzanne.....grateful for you and your perspective as I begin a new circle of my own.....

....grateful that our "circles" intersected when they did; what an *encouragement* you've been to me, time and time again...

happy Monday m'dear,
Liz : )

helen tilston said...

I love your post. It is highly coincidental that you and I would write about the "circle of life" today

Your story is beautiful.

I look forward to your visit

Helentilstonpainter.blogspot.com

Alina said...

If I tell You, that when I start reading Your posts I teke a breath in and...exhale only on the end of it...will that tell you how much I love it?
Hugs from Florida

Palomasea said...

Suzanne, that was so beautiful and touching. You are a very gifted storyteller and writer. That song always brings me to tears, and it did just now!(only imagining it):)
What a beautiful rekindling of friendship, and I hope your daughters carry the friendship through future generations..
Blessings,
xoxo,
- Irina

The enchanted home said...

Another beautiful poignant post that gave me goosebumps. Love it....we all are a part of "the circle of life", sometimes its a perfect smooth circle and other times its a rather crooked not so predictable circle but like you said this is life....through the happiness, tears, triumphs and disappointments. The show goes on!
Beautiful story of friendship and passing it down to your own two beautiful daughters...so enjoyed this!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh, you are reminding me about a CIRCLE story that I must write down in a few weeks. Thank you for this reminder of our cycle or seasons of life. It was sure good to see you several weeks back dearest! My kitty is perched right over my drawing desk, winking at me for some inspiration!!! Anita

Alicia said...

oh isn't life funny...and wonderful all at once?! love it. :)

Mary Timmers said...

Thanks for beautifully voicing what is in my heart too. Life, and everything in it can seem too large at times. But when we look at our small circles, we see blessing and growth that touches us deeply. The circle continues.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Oh yes, family, friends, joys, sorrows they are all a part of the circle of life. Sometimes life is overwhelming and sometimes a gentle breath of relief. It is even interesting to think of the "energy" that brought all of us together as bloggers and bonds of friendships that have developed. Yes, older family members we have to say goodbye to and newer members being born that we welcome. Older friends we cherish with all our hearts and new friends we welcome into our circle. Wonderful post.

Faded Plains said...

So beautiful to see that your circle has now begun a new one with your daughter...such a sweet post.

Charlene said...

Suzanne,
What a sweet story!!! There is indeed a circle of life... we just need to be aware! I just found your blog through the receipe exchange sent to me by my precious friends Jill (Feathers & Flight) & Julie (Vintage Chic). I think I will play along with you as I get so tired of fixing the same thing!!!! And also, I wanted to let you know I added you to my side bar so I could follow along & know when you posted something as I think you have a really great style... Have a great week & I am anxious to see your post on the 27th. I need to be shook up & a fire lit under me! Charlene

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

Oh, when I first saw the play in NYC, hubby and I took our then 13 year old son. When the music started, I was a puddle of tears. I took my "baby" to see the original movie 10 long years before...a month after my Mom, his Mimi had passed away. I cannot hear any of those tunes without a sock to the gut - a bit of agony AND joy! Love your post!

Linda in AZ * said...

*** Suzanne, because you take the time to share your inspiring, beautiful & loving thoughts w/ so many, is W*H*Y you are adored & RESPECTED by so many...

What a terrific blog today!!! You really hit a home-run w/ this for me, for LOTS of VARIOUS reasons, to INCLUDE fondly remembering my husband surprising me w/tickets to see The Lion King play, live, a few years ago. That's not USUALLY "his thing", but he KNEW how much I wanted to see it (& I DOOO believe even HE was touched by it all!). Afterwards, I played the score by CD a gazillion times & even "surprised" him one A.M. by having it be our "wake-up call"... he was a gooood sport about being awakened by that LOUD but WONDERFUL, VIVACIOUS SONG, and I HAPPILY welcomed rising early that day!!! (OK, OK, so I ALWAYS wake up happy!).

You & Mary were/are SO LUCKY (& SMART!) to reunite & renew your friendship!!! BOTH of your young girls are soooo lucky to be witnessing the joys, beauty & trust of a lifelong friendship...

Think I'll close now, and go find that CD... it's been a while since I LAST played it, and it makes me smile AND cry, all at once!!!

Biggest, warmest hugs n' as always, thank you!

Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

Linda in AZ * said...

*** Suzanne, because you take the time to share your inspiring, beautiful & loving thoughts w/ so many, is W*H*Y you are adored & RESPECTED by so many...

What a terrific blog today!!! You really hit a home-run w/ this for me, for LOTS of VARIOUS reasons, to INCLUDE fondly remembering my husband surprising me w/tickets to see The Lion King play, live, a few years ago. That's not USUALLY "his thing", but he KNEW how much I wanted to see it (& I DOOO believe even HE was touched by it all!). Afterwards, I played the score by CD a gazillion times & even "surprised" him one A.M. by having it be our "wake-up call"... he was a gooood sport about being awakened by that LOUD but WONDERFUL, VIVACIOUS SONG, and I HAPPILY welcomed rising early that day!!! (OK, OK, so I ALWAYS wake up happy!).

You & Mary were/are SO LUCKY (& SMART!) to reunite & renew your friendship!!! BOTH of your young girls are soooo lucky to be witnessing the joys, beauty & trust of a lifelong friendship...

Think I'll close now, and go find that CD... it's been a while since I LAST played it, and it makes me smile AND cry, all at once!!!

Biggest, warmest hugs n' as always, thank you!

Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

michele said...

how FUN!

you look beautiful in the photo, and i love hearing about how lyrics inspired you to go deeper and get reflective about what that circle means to you.

you're a gem.

michele

Biz said...

I'm so jealous that you got to see The Lion King production! Someday I'll get to see it performed :)
What a lovely way to reflect on life though.
So many circles and it's always fascinating how they intersect!!!

Biz

Lisa Scibilia said...

That was such a happy post Suzanne....so nice that you reconnected with your friend and her daughter again! We watched that movie so often when my kids were small.....I think I know all the songs by heart! Awwwwww....sweet memories!

Beth said...

Loved reading this so much, that I've read it over and over. You write SO beautifully Suzanne. Friendships like you describe are so precious when you see the next generation connect and share like this. When you move away from home you can also appreciate the things that tie you to certain places. Thank you for sharing these lovely photos and thoughts.
x

Lili said...

Your daughter looks like a mini-you Suzanne, sometimes I have to do a double take and read captions to make sure who it is! I could feel the special bond you all have with each other on here and loved seeing the pictures of all of you! xoxo ~Lili

Teacup Mosaics said...

You are so right the circle of life brings such emotion when I hear it. As we age our circle becomes much wider but it seems it closes faster than ever. Happy week!
Kelley

Farmgirl Paints said...

Jealous...shame on me. What a fun weekend. So glad i made your circle girl.

pretty pink tulips said...

I do love sometimes life brings you back around to someone or someplace you've been before - just in a different time.

I've had lots of intersecting circles - and am looking forward to another next month when I host my husband's 45th bday dinner and friends are coming in from all over. I guess in this case, it's really about his circles. I hope he feels the connectivity!

xoxo Elizabeth

Lulu and Co. said...

Wonderful post! The circle of life is an amaZing event...how our journey detours and then we reconnect. Beautiful writing and for always giving me something to think about and smile about,
xo,
Lulu

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is so sweet, Suzanne! I have a girlfriend that I met at age 12...our friendship has circled through 45 years and we are blessed to still be friends! It is a special thing indeed!

Susan T said...

The music from the Lion King makes my hair stand on end, playing The Circle of Life on my i pod makes me shiver. I love it. There is nothing quite like friendship to round off the circle of our lives, just when we feel a wobble coming it can set you back on track in a jiffy. You have the capacity to write about emotions in such an inspiring and truthful way. xx

Julie said...

Love it!!...I appreciate that the symbol for giving and receiving in marriage is a Circle...the wedding band...It signifies the "beginning" of something ~ new life ~ *togetherness*...never to be broken if the vows are protected and fenced in...and it ends only when one leaves this earth...an unbroken circle of life in this journey...thankful for that today...and for the binding circle of friendships...all precious...Glad that God is the author of that "circle"...enjoyed reading your Water Cooler post. HUGS...xoxo :-)

Tiffini Kilgore said...

I came away with..sometimes when I close my eyes i can still feel 13 inside.
and we watch our own and I STILL wonder where in the world time has gone.
The circle goes by fast doesn't it? More than ever I want to savor each day..memorize things.
Love ya today girlie:)
fun times yes?
xo

Sylvia said...

Watching the show alongside my little boy years ago, I was struck by how much it succeed in speaking to the heart rather than the head. It was a jaw- dropping experience for my son( and me, of course ). I have always loved this story, to me it's a story of honoring and celebrating the life.You make such a brilliant connection to the reconnection with a dear friend , which is spiritually uplifting as well. I had feelings that this Saturday would be a special day for you :) you wove your story so beautifully .
I love all the photos ! Thank you , dear Suzanne !

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

How lovely to stay in touch with old friends ... the mixture of your old life/stories with where you both are now is so delightful.


Fondly,
Glenda

Kim Stevens said...

Wow, this was so inspiring to read . . . especially since someone in my circle, a dear friend moved a few months ago. For me I am wishing for more circles to intersect. Right now I just feel like the circles are just bumping into one another.

Frizzy said...

So beautiful and touching. Circles. So many and so much meaning if we only take the time to slow down and take note.

Thank you. We saw The Lion King in London with Bird's family. We were all moved to tears within the first few moments. Such beauty flying around the theatre. It left us all breathless and mesmorized. Thank you for recapturing these moments for me.

Joanna said...

Lion King, love it. Seen the stage musical twice, and the film more times than I care to remember (one of DD's favourite films!). Yes, The Circle of Life stops you in your tracks, doesn't it? You and Mary have got beautiful girls, that figures.

Great post, as always.

x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING FRIEND! Thank you for coming by to see my latest silliness for my Etsy shop. I SOLD ALL THE WANDS except for one. WHO KNEW?!

My photos are too bad, huh? Oh, I wonder what I could do if I really had a better camera! THANKS AGAIN! Anita

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Jeanie said...

I love how your posts always bring me full circle. This is so very touching. Just lovely. (And by the way, Lion King is indeed a favorite!)

Tricia said...

How nice that you were able to reconnect with your friend, share more about the happenings in your lives and continue your circle of life. What a great story.

The Lion King looks wonderful. My daughter saw it advertised on television a few nights ago and instantly started asking to go :)

Splendid Sass said...

So much to think about here. Thank you for making me think! I love your blog and the inspiration it brings to me.
Teresa
xoxo

Vintage Home said...

Sweet tribute to renewal reconnecting & freindship..Thanks for telling this story!

patty said...

sorry i missed your linky this week.. we were travelling back from colorado. did you grow up near NY? great photos, great memories... my favorite b'way show {so far!}.

i have a best friend from when i was twelve, and you know, there's nothing like a 30+ year old friendship.

xo

Anonymous said...

I like the show a lot, but I think it can depend on the lead performers. I saw a touring version where Mufasa was less than stellar, and it really affected the show overall.We did see it in New York when it was still at the New Amsterdam. That was pretty awesome, tickets were cheap at Casatickets.com especially since we'd done the New Amsterdam tour earlier that morning. It's an amazing theatre.