Last night I was backstage during another amazing performance of Annie. This perspective is a lot different from sitting in the house and watching the show; it was so much fun. I loved the energy of the actors and crew and how they gracefully “danced”, in the dark, to execute another spot on performance. I love this cast and crew and once again can’t thank them enough for their love and support. We will miss them this week as we are finished with nightly rehearsals.
Being backstage brought up some emotions for me that I hadn’t experienced while watching the play. Listening to Tom sing “Tomorrow” as I stood just off stage brought a stream of tears and an overwhelming sense of gratitude for a man who has brought so much love and joy into my life. I am so incredibly proud of his performance each night in honor of our girls. I know that at times it is very hard for him to go out and be a cheery servant of Warbucks – but he does and I know his girls are proud!
When I met Tom it didn’t take me long to realize that he was someone truly special and it had nothing to do with the fact he had an English accent. I had been waiting for him, this man who would love me unconditionally and would love Anna as his own. Our lives were running parallel and then finally crossed. I am so blessed to have him in my life and I thank God everyday for bringing him to me.
Tom is one of those dads that enjoys his kids to the fullest. He plays with them and cherishes every moment he has. I could see this when I met him and it never wavered and still doesn’t with our oldest, Ben and Emily, who live most of the time in Medford. He misses his kids, all of them, so much; we both do.
I thank God for this man who stands by me and I know will continue to do so forever. He loves the Lord and is committed to his will. He is such a good man and amazing dad. I am so blessed to have him as my partner in life and our kids are blessed to have him as their dad.
Our journey is a hard one right now but we will do this together. Our girls are together and so are we.
June 26, 2011