At Home Backstage

Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserved; it is life’s undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room, from which we go forth to more careful and guarded intercourse, leaving behind…cast-off and everyday clothing.”

 Harriet Beecher Stowe quotes (American Writer, Philanthropist and Author author of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 18111896)

As Harriet Stowe beautifully wrote that “Home….is life’s undress rehearsal, its backroom”…..or backstage in theatre. Prior to a play, backstage usually is anything but boring but rather filled with actors rehearsing with nervous energy or others seemingly lost in quiet meditation as they slip into their character. My home is like being backstage with time either preparing for the next act or relaxing after a tough performance. My closet is the costume room and every morning I visit the mirror for my appointment with my makeup artist and hair stylist.  (Oh, I so wish!) Rehearsals and study (of lines) are always tough but being home (backstage) is the only place I would like to be 24/7 to await the bright lights and applause of the next performance.

How about you? Do you enjoy the “backstage” called your home? Perhaps your “backstage” is a traveling one where you take shows on tours. How fun would that be! I would love to hear about your home (backstage!) As we say in theatre: Break a leg!

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