Jan. 7th, 2011

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Despite what my subject line says, my week did in fact have transitions. The sun goes down, my eyelids follow suit, sleep happens: transition! This entry, however, is lacking.

On Monday, I went to a bris. There's a whole pile to say about that (about how I felt alternately more Jewish and less Jewish than I have in a while, how watching the Jewish grandparents was fascinating, and so forth) but it's not really the point right now. In addition to the circumcision part, the bris is a celebration of life. It signifies that the baby has been alive for 8 days (and is thus more likely to stay alive). For various reasons, this bris was particularly joyful. Despite the strange notes of religious angst, the whole thing felt like a great big "hooray for life!" celebration.

I saw the oh-so-beautiful stage production of The Lion King on Wednesday. The puppets/costumes/props (not so easy to draw a line between them) are downright amazing, and the guy who played Scar (hands down, my favorite character) was BRILLIANT. Seeing the stage show definitely proved that observing the Hamlet parallels in The Lion King makes it a far more engaging narrative. The show did have one obvious technical glitch (the sun, basically a GIANT venetian blind, got a bit tangled in itself during the final scene and hung awkwardly), which made my heart ache for the show. I could all but hear the headset conversation about whether it would fall mid-scene and which scenery bits needed to be adjusted to keep the actors safe. It wasn't a show I desperately wanted to see, and I'm SO VERY VERY glad I did.

The last two days have been spent mostly at home with family, because my uncle (Dad's brother) died early yesterday morning. Heart attack, completely unexpected. He lived quite close to us, so Dad has been dealing with all the strange requirements that come with a death. Funeral arrangements, travel for Utah-based family, that sort of thing. I spent part of my afternoon looking up cremation urn details like how to calculate the necessary size. I posted a rather bland request for hugs on Facebook and Twitter, and the unquestioning responses were lovely. Sure, I know there are people to support me when I need it, but a visceral reminder made quite the impact.

So to recap the week.

Monday: Celebration of birth.
Wedneaday: Viewing of The Lion King.
Thursday: Death of uncle.
Friday: HAVE BLOODY "CIRCLE OF LIFE" STUCK IN MY HEAD.

Gallows humor. I has it.

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