You never know when you might meet someone amazing who will end up being a friend that sticks with you all through life. I've shared many times before that I met my husband at a community theatre, but the truth is - he's not the only theatre person who has made a big impression on my life.
There's also my friend, Kayte. I met her at the theatre, too - in a bathroom.
|Once Upon a Mattress, 2006|
It's true. The first time I ever spoke to this girl was when we somewhat awkwardly had our first encounter in a restroom during the run of my first community theatre endeavor, Fiddler on the Roof. She was playing the violin in the orchestra pit. I was playing a Russian peasant.
We went on to have many amazing theatre adventures together. We were cast as lead (her) and understudy (me) in a show the next spring - that was when our friendship really unfolded, as we both learned the role and relied on each other for hair and makeup help, while inventing many ridiculous backstage inside jokes. The next thing we knew, we had developed this amazing friendship. I talked her into doing hairstyles for my drama student performances (which she's still doing, 2-3 times a year.... over eight years later). We spent hours lying on top of my car in the theatre parking lot talking about boys. We auditioned for another show together and happily played a quirky bird and a sassy kangaroo opposite each other (and it was during that show that my hubby Andrew came along).
|Seussical the Musical, 2007.|
We found each other through the theatre, but our friendship has way outlasted the time when we were constantly performing in shows together. We were bridesmaids in each other's weddings (that's your cue to say "awwwww").
|My wedding, 2008.|
|Kayte's wedding, 2011.|
We might not see each other as often as we like, but we do try to make it a habit to see each other every now and then - whether it's when Lincoln needs a haircut (she's awesome and cuts it for me regularly), or a drama performance, or when I coerce her into being in another show with me (the last time was 2011...we're about due). She also reads my blog, so *wave* HI KAYTE!!!! I WROTE ABOUT YOU ON THE INTERNET. Hehe.
And all of this, you guys? Was because I said hi to this girl in a bathroom. A BATHROOM. So unexpected...yet so awesome.
Have you ever been afraid to make a connection with someone or something new because you're not sure how it might turn out? Next time that happens to you, I want you to remember my story. If I met one of my best friends in the world in a bathroom, anything's possible. I even have an idea for you that will almost certainly not fail: go out and buy some of this new chocolate from Lindt and give it to someone new you meet. If we had had chocolate in that bathroom, who knows, we may have just skipped the rest of the show and chatted the night away.
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|Kayte! I has chocolate! Come eat it with me!|
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