Here is how our day started. At 5:45 am, no less.
Jay: Mommy today is the Wizard of Oz!
Me: Yes, I know!
Jay: Is it almost morning?
Me: Yes, almost! (Kind of chuckling to myself because to him it's not "morning" until it's light outside. So why the heck can't he sleep until morning?)
Jay: (In a panicy voice) What if we miss the play?!
Me: We won't. We'll go after dinner. (TWELEVE HOURS from now. Heaven help me through this day!)
And at 6:30 am
Jay: Mommy, is it starting yet?
Me: (Already wishing I had surprised him rather than let him know we were going, but once he saw the billboard it was all over!) Honey, I've got this. We will be there on time, please don't make me crazy all day.
And surprisingly, he didn't. We did talk about being excited many times throughout the day, and I loved that. But, he didn't keep asking the "is it time yet" question. Thank goodness!
So finally it was time.
Here he is just before we walked into the auditorium. He loved the little tin man. I may have to make one of those for him!
As soon as we sat down he grabbed my hand. His excitement and nerves were getting to him. Now we had another 15-20 minute wait before the show began. Could time go any slower?
Some friends showed up and sat next to us. She was kind enough to take our picture. He is just giddy!
Finally his wait was over. The show began, and it was incredible! I've never seen such an amazing high school play. Not a bit cheesy, fabulous back drops, props and costumes. He's completely convinced it's all real. Even though he still had my hand in a death grip, he LOVED every minute!
He did not let go of my hand until intermission! Yes, it was a hot, sweaty mess. The special effects were amazing. The witch, Glenda and the flying monkeys all actually flew. "The Oz Man" was larger than life, and according to Jay, the scariest part! (And he was worried about the witch, heh, heh!)
Now, if you know my Jay, you will understand what a HUGE deal this is. One, because he LOVES the Wizard of Oz more than anything else. And two, because he is very shy and reserved. He HATES Chuck E. Cheese, and all other characters. But, he mustered up the courage to meet his idols! I was so excited for him!
Seriously, THE most amazing lion I've ever seen!
An "Oz Girl". I know he looks less than thrilled, but you've got to remember how nervous he was!
And finally Glenda. So kind and took her time visiting with him. Amazing.
Material things in this life fade. But memories are forever. Someday he won't love Wizard of Oz like he does now. My dad always told me to enjoy life and make memories NOW. I am so thankful that I could make my little boy's dream come true. He will always remember the time we went to the see the Wizard of Oz. I hope he also remembers that I love him and love being with him.
Wizard of Oz tickets: $20.
Making special memories with my baby: PRICELESS!