Last Friday, my husband took me and our children to see Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon at the Goodman Theater in Chicago as a surprise for our wedding anniversary.
To truly understand how wonderfully thoughtful this was, you have to understand how Scottish—by choice and clan affiliation—my family is. We were re-married in Scotland for our 20th anniversary, we man the Clan Donald tent at all the Scottish events in Wisconsin as well as the Celtic Canine tent, and just because we don’t get enough of it through the year, we started a Scottish food business.
Yes, we make haggis. My husband will tell you it’s the best in the U.S. His vegetarian wife eats our veg haggis.
What does any of this have to do with Brigadoon? A lot.
In the play a mythical Scottish village goes missing and is protected from the woes of the outside world in 1746 during the Jacobite Rebellion, after Bonnie Prince Charlie and his band of Highlanders were finally defeated in Culloden April 16, 1746. The battle weary inhabitants of Brigadoon go to sleep in 1746 and come to life, every 100 years after that, for one glorious day. In 1946, two WW-II battle-weary men travel to Scotland for a bachelor-hunting party, and stumble upon the village of Brigadoon in full preparation mode for a wedding.
The men are jaded, and risk adverse; finding solace in the fact that true love doesn’t exist. For the townsfolk of Brigadoon, nothing else matters. They love deeply, fully, and completely, if only for a day. And only true love can wake the gatekeeper, once the town has fallen back into its 100 year slumber.
Brigadoon is a mythical place ~ in Scotland no less (que huge grin) ~ where anything can and does happen. It’s a place where dreams come true if they’re based in love, and if you’re brave enough to jump in with both feet, because here’s the catch….when you commit to Brigadoon, its community, that’s it, that’s all, you can never leave. All in Baby!
Well that’s how I feel about life these days, all in. I’m all in at Authors of Main Street. As a side note, I spent the second-half of the play in the hall as bagpipes thundered, doing a radio interview with Ashley Fontaine and two fellow Main Street authors: Kelly Rae and Stephanie Queen, both of whom know how to tweet and how to rock live on the radio. Me, I’m still learning :). We pumped our Authors of Main Street box set: WEDDINGS ON MAIN STREET, available here…..
Here’s a link to the radio interview. Thank you, Ashley Fontaine, you are lovely!
I’m all in as a writer as well. What a scary, rollercoaster, wonderful leap into the Brigadoonesque-ether that has been. I’m putting in the hours, learning as I go, and loving my community of fellow writers, artists and others who add all the various aspects required to turn a story into a book that someone wants to purchase and read.
We’re all in with HAGGIS and our Scottish Food. Here’s a link to MACSKI’S Highland Foods.
I’m all in when it comes to romance. I write heroes I wouldn’t necessarily want to live with every day, but that make my chest expand, my knees go weak, and my heart beat a little stronger. I live with a man I don’t want to see leave when goes to make the figurative donuts so our family can eat dinner. He fills my heart, my life, my spirit…and that makes everything better.
So does everything work out in Brigadoon? No. Is it a place without strife and loss? No. Is it a state of being where wonderful things can and do happen, where dreams, aspirations and love to last a lifetime can and often does come true? Yes.
Brigadoon is in each of us and there’s no going back for me, I’m all in!
How about you? What wonders await in your Brigadoon?
This one’s for you, Kelly:
Thanks, honey, it was a thoughtful and well received anniversary gift. You couldn’t have done better.
Thanks again to Ashley Fontaine for her warm reception and graciousness during our radio interview.