But I realized something. Or began to realize. I'm still in the midst of a slow dawn of revelation. There is nothing wrong with being alone and celebrating myself.
Yes, it was a bit different than when I was a child. And even though I saw the performance with new eyes, I was able to accept my critiques and move past them to have a highly enjoyable evening. While I was "from" the City of Leon and cheering for the Green Knight, I noticed how attractive the Black and White Knight was (he ended up winning, and became the King's Champion, btw). After the show, the knights always come out, and as I was leaving, a family asked me to take their picture with the King's Champion. As you know, my word for 2014 is New, and I've been trying to live that every day. So, I did something I've never done before - I went up to the Black and White Knight, and told him how very fine he is, smiled, and walked away. I know I enjoy getting compliments (esp. after a show), and my Gretel and I had been talking recently about touching other people's lives, sometimes without even knowing it. Now two lives have been touched and changed, however briefly or minutely. It's really a beautiful thing, if you think about it.