Late birthday presents are the best birthday presents, right? If so, Simon is getting hooked up. Mostly because we weren’t really on the ball enough to do everything all at once. So he got a new bike last weekend. And I took him and Oliver to see Matilda on Broadway last week.
Simon has read the book, of course. And Oliver has read some of it. Two of the four girls that play Matilda go to their school, so I thought it would be fun for them to see it while a school-mate was playing the part. The boys were really thrilled to be going on this special adventure, but when we got to the theatre, they were a little confused. They thought we were going to see a movie. Oops. They seemed slightly disappointed to realize that it was actually a play, but I assured them that this play would be BETTER THAN A MOVIE!
I was right, of course. Even though we were in the second to last row of the balcony and were essentially watching the play from overhead, they agreed that it was better than a movie. They’d been listening to the songs for a couple of months and knew most of the songs, and Simon was excited to see how they executed some of the tricky parts of the story—like the cup falling over and the chalkboard—and it all lived up to expectations. Oliver was entranced by the set changes, which seemed to happen magically half the time.
It seemed like a birthday present worth waiting for.