After going to the Christmas musical at Gateway church last year, we (definitely my wife and girls for sure) were excited to go again this year. And, although the YouTube video is from a couple of years ago, it gives a good idea what went on in the show. When momma wants to go, we try and make it happen!
Unfortunately, today was not an ideal day to make it happen. As we fought the sprinkles and the full parking lot, our battle proved impossible when we wanted to find 7 seats all together inside the auditorium. My wife ended up sitting with two of the girls (one exchange daughter and one bio). My son and I sat together in the overflow area, and the other two girls sat together inside the auditorium because they would not tolerate watching the Truthical on “screen-only”.
Just after we sat, my wife gave me a quick text about our post-musical meeting place- “Meet you outside the entrance where we came in”. The church is monstrous, but I was certainly capable of retracing my steps. I texted back letting her know to look for the two other girls before settling in for the show. After a few Broadway songs with “revised” words, some witty dialogue, a few cute kid moments, and the post-musical altar invitation, my son and I easily found the entrance my wife described in her text.
The first 5 minutes we waited, we assumed it was difficult to pull all of the girls together. The next ten minutes were spent watching the crowds thin as the “leavers” swarmed to the exit and the “comers” for the next performance rushed to fill the vacated seats in the balcony above. My phones vibration pulled me away from my people watching. After confirming I was at the correct entrance, my wife requested I raise my hand. Of course, if she would have been at the correct entrance, we would easily have been reunited at this point. My son’s phone call to mom confirmed what we suspected-the large Christmas tree at the OTHER entrance had caused my wife to lose all sense of direction. Just like at a Disney amusement park, she was drawn to the big object regardless of where she really wanted to go.
Although the large quantity of incoming and outgoing cars and those jockeying for better parking spots to avoid excessive rain accumulation on their umbrella-less bodies greatly delayed our evacuation of the Gateway premises, my wife was confident behind the wheel. You see, in our 20+ years of marriage, we have learned a couple of things about each other. I was not shocked or angry when she was unable to find the entrance she described. And, I was relieved beyond my ability to express when she volunteered to drive us out of this parking lot of perdition. Individually, we have a few faults, but the team is AWESOME.