Tuesday, December 12, 2017

He used to be shy!

I'm more outgoing than my husband Art. That's been the case for as long as I've known him. When Art retired he took up reading as a hobby, and watching football and Bluebloods on TV.

This is our sixth winter in Tucson at the Voyager RV Resort. In Year 3 he discovered the Voyager Light Opera Company, and was cast in Guys and Dolls. In Year 4 he was cast in Oklahoma! There are no musicals in Years 5 and 6, so he is now performing in plays.

I would never have guessed he'd develop this interest. Never. Except for a pirate act he puts on when we sail on the Schooner Heritage, Art is pretty self-contained.

During the holidays the Voyager has an Electric Light Parade, where people decorate their bicycles and golf carts and assorted other vehicles. They meet up near the resort's baseball field and then snake through the streets of the Voyager, ending up at the ballroom. Santa and Mrs. Santa lead the parade in a decked-out Mustang.

Last week we got an email from the parade organizer saying that Santa and his Mrs. had been called away for a family emergency. She was looking for a substitute. I asked Art if he was interested and he said "sure". The organizer brought over a Santa suit. Our friend Joanne said she'd be Mrs. Santa (I said no immediately when I was asked).

Art and Joanne waved like professionals from the Mustang, sat for a photo op in the ballroom, and then led a Christmas carol from the stage.

All the world's a stage, I guess.


Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Absolutely wonderful. Art came out of his shell and is living life to the fullest. All it took was a “yes” and so much opened up for him. There are always possibilities out there if we take the chance. I wish my Mr. No would open up to new adventures.

DJan said...

What fun! Art does look like he's come right out of his introvert skin and into the light of fame and fortune! :-)

Olga said...

I have heard that shy people often make good actors. Something to do with taking on another's personality let's them feel free.

Arkansas Patti said...

Olga said exactly what I had in mind. So glad he is enjoying his new freedom.

Linda Reeder said...

Introverts can act. We do all of the time as we cope in an extrovert world.

Kim S. said...

Art has a wonderful face - full of expression and character. And now he's a character! Kim in PA