In the last two days, I have experienced, twice, the benefits of my wife’s good advice. Wednesday night we discovered what it’s like to send the old man out the back door in order to welcome the new one in the front. That is something Marti recommends often in her counseling, and it has had a significant impact on a number of relationships, ours included.
Something else Marti recommends is that couples carry out a tradition of Date Night — a regular time to be together and go out and do something fun — something that interrupts the demands of daily life and reminds you why you are together. She recommends you put it on the calendar or you will put it off, and if you have to buy tickets to an event in advance, all the better, because it will force you to go. Last night we were “forced” to go enjoy a local theater version of the musical, Hairspray that Marti purchased tickets for a few weeks ago. Hairspray was a 1988 movie that was made into a Broadway musical in 2002 and won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical in 2003. In 2007, a new version of the movie was released starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah and Zach Efron.
Somehow we missed all those versions of this very high energy show, so we were highly entertained by the story and the music we were enjoying for the first time. Hairspray, set in Baltimore in 1962, is the story of an overweight “pleasantly plump” teenager, Tracy Turnblad who pursues stardom as a dancer on a local TV show and ends up rallying against racial segregation. It’s a totally fun and entertaining show that surprisingly showcases higher values of respect, worth and anti-discrimination — all things that Jesus cares about.
Themes of anti-bullying, equality, and making a difference in the world run throughout this show, and we have to remember, there doesn’t have to be a spiritual message to justify every experience. There is much to appreciate in the world if we would just look for what we know Jesus cares about.