Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Prompt Me! Wednesday: A Treasured Gift

This is my first try at Prompt Me! Wednesday.  This week's prompt is A Treasured Gift.

It took me a while to think of something to write about.  Then I remembered a gift I received for Christmas 6 years ago from my daughter, Gina and my future favorite son-in-law, Gene.

When Gina was in college, she majored in Theatre.  In her Junior year, she was cast as Dinah Lord, the bratty little sister in The Philadelphia Story.  I thought she was simply marvelous, but don't just take it from me, an unbiased mom.  Here's what  Myra Yellin Outwater, a theater critic from the Allentown Morning Call newspaper had to say about her performance:

  • From the moment that Regina P walks out on the Labuda Center stage at DeSales University, her performance as Dinah Lord lights up Act 1's production of Philip Barry's "The Philadelphia Story." Regina, who plays the delightfully impish tomboyish younger sister of Main Line heiress Tracy Lord, is just great fun to watch, a troublemaker with a "Capital T." She mugs and sasses and stirs up Barry's 1930s period comedy of Philadelphia Main Line manners as she irreverently stokes the fires of mischief. (the only change I made here was to remove her last name)
Sorry... a little digression there.  Anyway, in the lobby of the theatre, they post pictures of the dress rehearsals.  There was one photo, of Gina, as Dinah, "performing" for the newsman and photographer who were there to document her sister, Tracy Lord's upcoming wedding. I loved loved loved this photo!!!  It's a good 2 feet by 3 feet!  

Imagine my surprise, on Christmas morning, when Gina and Gene come into my house carrying this large package for me!  I could not imagine what it could be!!  I was jumping up and down and clapping happy when I saw this framed picture of Gina!  It hangs in a prominent place in my family room.

I thought I'd find the picture on Gina's Facebook page, but it's not there, so I took a photo of the framed picture.  And here it is!

This is a most treasured gift.  This scene was so damned funny!  And Gina had to sing badly, but she has a lovely strong voice.  I wish I had a video of this play!


WeaselMomma said...

What a great gift! I love A Philadelphia Story and am glad that it holds such wonderful memories for you and your family.

Garret of Jim and Garret said...

The photo is great! LOL.

Jillsy Girl said...

What a wonderful gift and surprise! The real gift (I'm sure you will agree) was the fact she remembered how much you liked the photo and then somehow manage getting it for you! I always cherish the thought behind the gift, maybe even more so, than the gift itself.

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lisleman said...

gifts that have strong happy memories are the best. Good story and nice picture.

Anonymous said...

What a great photo and memory!

♥ Braja said...

Joanie, my lovely, how are you?!! I've been so neglectful of sorry....but I'm LOVING the banner photo, you two are gorgeous! How's the darling other half? I hope he's all recovered from his medical drama...that was a time, wasn't it? xoxox

Joanie said...

Braja! Oh how I've missed seeing you here! John is coming up on 18 months cancer free! The stem cell transplant seems to have done the trick! It was a roller coaster 3 years, but hopefully the drama is OVER!!!

gayle said...

Great memory!! Love the picture!

Xmas Dolly said...

Hey Joanie! Guess what? You're our surprise "TAG DANCER" at "Monday's Music Moves Me" tomorrow! Yes, we added one extra "Spotlight Dancer" in honor of Valentines Day, and you're it. All you have to do is drop by to get our linky! Of course our theme is "LOVE SONGS" CONGRATS GIRLFRIEND! WOO HOO!