I DO I DO !
I am in my recliner writing this piece.Â The other night I had my life flash before my eyes, so Iâ€™m a bit weak today.Â Â Noâ€¦it wasnâ€™t an accident or bodily system malfunction.Â It was something I witnessed.Â And, what I witnessed involved some personal dejavu.
Give me a second to catch my breath.
Okay, Iâ€™m ready.Â Are you sitting down?Â Good!
What Iâ€™m about to relate to you applies to anyone who IS married, WAS married or is PLANNING on getting married.
My wife, Jolaine,Â and I just visited the Chanhassen Dinner Theater to see the much acclaimed play â€œ I Do, I Doâ€.Â Itâ€™s about a young couple who decide to marry.Â Theyâ€™re happyâ€¦giggly happy. So, they do the deed, they tie the knot.Â Dejavu!Â My wife and I did this decades ago and I still remember how I feltâ€¦â€wonderfulâ€. Â We skipped along together holding hands and barely able to keep from giggling out loud.
A few years went by and we went â€œgiddyâ€ again when we learned we were about to have a baby. Well, really my wife was going to have the babyâ€¦I was just going to support it after it got here.Â You know what Iâ€™m saying.Â Â
Well, as it turns outâ€¦Michael and Agnes the two characters in the play, I Do I Do, at the Chanhassen go through these same life changing phenomenonâ€™s .
So, during the next two hours of the play my wife and I watched intentlyâ€¦occasionally turning our heads to look at each other as another moment of dejavu crept into our mindsâ€¦as fifty years of marriage was re-enacted by the couple on stage.
It was like the actors had been peeking through the windows of my wife and my houses as we celebrated anniversaries, welcomed new family members, bickered over bills, up to and including now when we sometimes just sit quietly enjoying a glass of wine ( I usually opt for scotch ) and look into each othersâ€™ eyes and Â ponder our lives path to today.Â
Mostly our matrimonial path has been smooth and rewarding.Â At times there was a bump on the â€œhighway of happinessâ€â€¦in fact, on rare occasion, our matrimonial â€œbuggyâ€ suffered a FLAT!Â Luckily we were able to â€œpatchâ€ the tire and move along.
Okay Iâ€™m not going to carry on much longer.Â I just want you to know that the Chanhassen production of I Do I Do is something you need to see.Â Â
If you arenâ€™t married yet but think you might be in the futureâ€¦bring a pen and paper and take notes.Â If you are marriedâ€¦bring a pen and paper and a tissue because you will need it to wipe the tears from your eyes as soon as you stop laughing.
And, if you are like my wife and Iâ€¦married for a few decadesâ€¦you wonâ€™t need a pen and paper (tissue, YES).Â However you might need some muscle ointment to sooth your aching neck once the play is over.Â The â€œachesâ€ will be from turning to each other, frequently, and nodding â€œyesâ€ as the couple on stage goes through another matrimonial experience that you and your wife vividly recall happening during your marriage.
Iâ€™m quite certain that checking out â€œI Do I Doâ€ at the Chanhassen dinner theater in suburban Minneapolis will be one of the best decisions you will make this year.Â I know becauseâ€¦â€I Did I Didâ€.