8/18/14, Day, 13,985 (Mercena Day 4): Mercena, Day Four; or, The Production Meeting
How will two theatre-producing new parents balance a new baby with the crazy imbalanced life of a theatre maker? We got a small taste of what it will be like yesterday, when a four-day old Mercena West joined us for our Once Upon A Bride There Was A Forest production meeting.
It went surprisingly well, thanks to help from Sandra “Mommom” Morgan and some designers who were cool with a breast-feeding director. (It was actually a great meeting, and if I have time, haha, I’ll blog about it over on the Flux blog.)
With the Flux production meeting, we also had Mercena introductions for Isaiah, Will, Kia (who is a goddess helping fix Heather’s broken phone), Janie along with Sandra. Two great pics:
Other moments I want to remember:
- After The Long-Awaited Poop of Pain and Release that followed The Great Poop Drought of Day Three, Mercena slept like she’d run a marathon. (Also, I now talk more about poop than I have since the Hearts Like Fists dressing room.)
- She’s really not interested in me reading to her yet, but that doesn’t mean I don’t try to sneak it in when she’s drowsy and susceptible.
- Our early morning sleep position (where I’m desperately buying Heather some pre-dawn sleep hours) is lying on the couch with her nestled in the nook of my left side–she seems to find my heart beat soothing.
- I have come to accept that no matter how clever I am with my entertainment tactics, without lactating breasts, I am simply not the main attraction.
In other news, I managed to play music and work on my Spanish in some stolen minutes. Today, I’m hoping to sneak in some actual writing. I don’t know how this will all work going forward, and I’m grateful to have a month leave to begin to figure it out…
I also want to express my solidarity with the families of Ferguson and my gratitude towards Claudia Alick, Jacqueline E. Lawton, Mica Cole, Michael Rohd, Megan Sandberg-Zakian and all the other theatre artists who are mobilizing towards action around Ferguson. I’m hoping to do what I can in the few free minutes I have as New Dad, and here’s a link to support Ferguson area families who no longer have access to school lunches because of the closures.
Technique never stands still: it only advances or retreats…
Writing: 124 out of 154 days
Spanish: 111 out of 154 days
Music: 24 out of 59 days
What small things did I do yesterday to help build the Honeycomb?
(And what does it mean to “Help build the honeycomb?”)
- Signed the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act to prevent another Ferguson;
- Another petition in support of Social Security, specifically against any moves towards privatization;
- Asked the Army Corp of Engineers to change their plans to kill 16,000 Double-Breasted Cormorants;
- Ate vegetarian.