Something Swell (and a little sad) on Saturday

The 3:30 Project is a collaborative blog by three life-long friends: Maggie, Mary Margaret and Jillian. On Saturdays, Mary Margaret plans to post something from the week that made her smile.

Today I’m happy sad. You know that scene at the end of the Disney movie ‘Inside Out’ where we discover that memories are usually neither all happy or all sad or all any one isolated emotion? (Notice I’m pulling a Maggie here and referencing animated movies!) Well a lot of things are like this, yes? Human experience is a mash-up of feelings, because, well…life.

New York is a wonderful city in so many ways, but it’s also transient; living in a big urban environment full of transplants  means that as Dorothy quips in reference to the magical land of Oz, “People come and go so quickly here!” People are drawn here for so many different reasons, and are drawn away for reasons just as varied and complex. Necessarily this means that I meet many wonderful people here- friends that become a constant feature of life– that I ultimately have to say goodbye to.

Today my friend and colleague Julia is moving to Cooperstown, NY.  We’ve worked together as freelancers at different theatres on who-even-knows -how-many shows over the past few years.  Here’s just a few of the things Julia and I have done together in the time we’ve known one another:

-Sewed costumes for the original cast of ‘Hamilton’ at the Public Theatre

-Tag-team feverishly sewed the lining back into a jacket, minutes before it needed to go on stage

-Pulled bugs out from between the layers of tulle of dresses at Shakespeare at the Park

-Done yoga under the open sky in Prospect Park

-Marched together at the Women’s March on January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

We’ve also discussed our favorite Russian novels, shared sewing tricks, talked about our families, friends, work, love, God…and it has been a joy to share those many hours with needle or iron in hand next to Julia, who is a smart, strong, caring, creative, wonderful person that I’m glad to call my friend.

So naturally I’m sad to say goodbye to her. But here’s the rub– Rather here’s the beauty:  I’m also so very happy for her and the new adventure she’s embarking on. She’ll be working at a fantastic regional theatre this summer, but the main reason for her relocation is to be closer to her super swell fiancée Joe who lives and works in Cooperstown. Having had many opportunities to be in the company of this delightful (and adorable) couple, may I also say that I’m truly so happy that they found one another and are starting this new season of their life together, and I wish them all kinds of congratulations! All kinds of things to be happy about, even tinged with the sadness of parting…

So, thank you for being such a wonderful part of my New York family, here, Julia, and here’s to me having a new friend in Cooperstown!