Well it’s a big day. Our friends Preacher and Partner have flown to New York for Partner to sing Mozart’s Requiem at Lincoln Center. Lincoln Center. And as if that weren’t enough, they are getting married in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall at intermission. The ceremony will be a few minutes long, with champagne for everyone. Then they’ll go back in for the rest of the concert. Have you ever. And I mean that in the best way.
I had been pondering what to give them. After 21 years together they probably already have a Cuisinart. They are also excellent gifters themselves, so the bar is high. To wit: Downton Abbey paper dolls; a “Free Mr. Bates” button; an armload of produce for His Grace’s juicing regimen; a bag of cleaning products for HG’s million computer screens; and perhaps most thoughtfully, 2 empty picture frames to fit the small canvases I have recently re-commenced trying to paint. I could not get over someone even thinking of that. So last Sunday after church I painted.
They liked it. But honestly doing it made me so purely and simply happy that it was like I did it for myself. Which I kinda did. There is a message in that.
From my happy heart to theirs, on this day in the Big Apple, I wish my dear friends a bushel of joy, happiness, and love.
PS: Here’s a link to info on today’s 2 o’clock performance of Mozart’s Requiem, JIC. Partner, a dashing tenor by the way, is one of several talented members of the Santa Barbara Choral Society singing this Sunday, among others, presented by Distinguished Concerts International, Vance George conducting.