There is something so magical when a perfect stranger meets ones son and after an entire minute of talking declares something I'd already spoken. Last night I took Peace to see Amadeus at the Clarence Brown. A little opera, a lot of terrific acting, amazing dialogue, and a beautiful mix of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra made up a fabulous evening to share with my son.
We were seated beside a woman we did not know. She began to discuss texting and high school with my son. She'd read about his school in the paper...it's getting rave reviews....She and Peace had lots to say about how he refuses to abbreviate and must use proper grammar while text messaging. She blurted out, "Do you like to write? Are you a writer?" to which he answered, "Yes." Then she looked straight at him and asked, "Would you think about becoming a journalist?" I know Peace thought I'd secretly met her previously, bought her seat beside us at the play, and paid her to propose this question, because I've been talking to him about this very career for a year now.
Just last week, we talked to Barishynikov, a family friend, who has a degree in journalism. Bary advised Peace to pursue something else as he sees the world of journalism has fallen mercilessly into the hands of blogger and other shady such characters.
I find it remarkable that Peace could get such a direct question from a stranger at a play in such a brief conversation. I enjoy his writing. Always have. His depth astonishes me. I admire who he is becoming. I pray he finds his path, and it's straight to the heart of God and impacts humanity in the way he is made.
And on a completely different note: how is that this happened at the play as well? Another woman let us pass by on the way to our assigned seats, and I bellowed a nice friendly and confident, "Hello, where do I know you from?"
She replied, "I work at St. Mary's."
"Nope, that's not it.....ummm.....did I sit by you at the circus in the winter while you took pictures for your grandkids?"
"Yes. How on earth did you remember that?"
"I have no earthly idea, but nice to see you again. I'm a little dumbfounded."
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