Wednesday, February 29, 2012

a fine example of a family man

Eric talks sometimes about his dad (Wayne), how he is ultra-patient, ultra-easy going, ultra-forgiving.

People always talk about how Eric looks more and more like his dad every day.

I have to say, I absolutely adore Eric's father.

Nearly two years ago, I snapped a picture of Wayne on a typical summer afternoon.  He was sitting on an easy-chair, surrounded by grand-daughters, reading a picture book to them all.  That's a pretty typical scene for Wayne.  He's often surrounded by grandchildren.  They adore him and he adores them all right back.

I'm sure there are many reasons for this, but I'm pretty sure that one of them has to do with his gentle patient manner.

So, when I see Eric like this, it warms my heart, and the rest of me from my head to my toes.

(That's a Polly Pocket Doll, in case you were wondering.)


5 points for the name of the song
2 points for the musical
other points awarded by whim 


Robert said...

I have no idea but since no one has yet responded I'm going to guess 7 brides for 7 brothers since that has at least a family theme.

Jake said...

I know this one. It's from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat. I'll get to other points as the day allows.

Carol said...

Wow - I don't have much for this one. The last time I saw a production of this was longer ago than I will mention. Suffice it to say it was back in the day before Donnie was the star of this traveling show and I had a crush on him. It was also long before I joined the Church. When I found out that he would never date a non-member - well my crush was crushed! Hoping for a point for embarrassing myself in public!

Carol said...

Whoops - forgot to mention that I love seeing Eric as a father. He is fabulous and I can see a lot of his dad in him. Way to go Eric!

Jake said...

I don't remember the name of the song, but it is sung by the Narator.

Jake said...

I think I commented in a previous year about how in this performance the USF changed the words of one of the songs from Color faded into to darkness to Shimmer faded into darkness. If I recall correctly I transitioned that into how I would someday say "Jimmer faded into darkness" and as hard as it is for me (a Jimmer fan) to admit it seems that at least for the time being I was right. By the way Jimmer plays for the Kings who played the Jazz last night old owner LHM - utah theatre - Opera company - midwinter the last post.

Jake said...

The Musical was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (music and Lyrics respectively).

Jake said...

Way, way back many centuries ago, not long after the bible began Jacob lived in the land of Canaan. A fine example of a family man.

Jacob, Jacob and sons.

I think that is the name of the song. "Jacob and Sons"

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

I can't believe Jacob beat me to this and swept all of the easy points. (Good job Jacob) Man, I am going to have a slow start this year. I will be back to attempt some whim points after I get her highness put down for a nap :)

Jeri said...

still have never seen this show or heard the sound track... I know... LAME-o!!

HOWEVER - when the show was playing up in Edmonton, ALberta - I was on my mission. Donny and his brother were staying at a the Fairmont hotel MacDonald which was in my area. Our ward mission leader's wife took it upon herself to send him invite to attend our ward for Sunday meetings and he and his brother showed up. (this was before the days of all you have to do is look on to get the local meeting places and times...) It was pretty cool! They both shared their testimonies. pretty fun memory.

Eric is a fine example of a family man. I am please to say that most of my friends have married well - I must have super smart friends who know how to choose wisely!

Charlotte said...

The whims have determined to give Robert a point for being the first to say something today, even though he was incorrect. Sometimes that's the way it goes around here.

Jacob: 2 points for the name of the musical. 1 point for knowing that the narrator sings it. 1 point for tying the whole thing back to LHM and hence the opera again, and another point for sheer audacity. 2 points for knowing the composer and lyricist for the show. 5 points for getting the title of the song (finally!--what are you doing, typing in between patients?)

Total points: 12 Pretty impressive.

Melissa-one point for calling your youngest child by the same name I call my youngest (and oldest) child.

Jeri-one point for being probably the only person in Utah who has never seen this show or heard the soundtrack. Seriously, I think there are statistics that show that this is the most performed show(by professional and semi-professional companies)in Utah. To have lived here nearly all your life and never seen it? That's quite a feat. Another point for the Donny/mission connection.

Total points: 2

Carol: One point for admitting to a crush on Donny, and that fine bit of insight into your pre-Mormon life. One point for pointing out that Eric is fabulous. (Apparently, flattery will get you everywhere around here.)

Total points: 2

Jake said...

Yes I am typing between patients, so the good whims will have to wait until this afternoon

Jake said...

So, I am intregued as to the way you tied in today's post with the last one. As the play goes Joseph was somewhat spoiled by his doting father with the great coat and all. Then it took his brothers to show him who's boss and get him to stop living high off the hog. It was through those struggles that he became second to the pharaoh. The stark contrast to Annie is almost like a Chiasmus in your blog.

Charlotte said...

Chiasmus? Man, it has been a LOOONG time since I've heard of or thought of that word, but you have a good point. One more point for you.

Kaylee C said...

ugh. dag nab it. I should of known that one. I actually SANG it! :P I will get one point before the end of this, I swear.

Harmony said...

Just because I love Jeri and don't mind being in her company, I am going to admit that there are two people in Utah who have never seen this show or heard the soundtrack. Yes, I am ashamed (but not too ashamed to grovel for whim points :-).

On the other hand, I have had all the lyrics to Donny and family's double Christmas album memorized since 1976. And I am passing that holiday tradition on to the next generation (when their father is at work), 'cause it just isn't Christmas without it!

deutschlehrer said...

Saw the play while I was at Cedar Middle School -- in the shakespeare rainy day theater--I should probably loose points for not remembering the name of that theater. but I did see it well before Donnie made it famous
Also, bonus points (please) to me for never having a crush on Marie, even though she was never in Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat, and although I used to watch the Donnie and Marie Show every week. Did you know the old Osmond studios is now a drug rehab place that has housed such illustrious dignitaries as Lindsey Lohan? I taught a student that worked there while LiLo --and I am ashamed that I know what that abbreviation means--was being "treated." She wasn't supposed to disclose that, but my students trust me that way.

deutschlehrer said...

I would also like to grovel for whim points based on the fact that I don't know the lyrics to a single Osmond Christmas Album song. All my favorite Christmas songs were written before the twentieth century. I know that makes me a Christmas song snob, but I am not ashamed to admit it. If Lindsey Lohan has a Christmas Album (who doesn't these days) I don't know the words to that one either

deutschlehrer said...

Turns out Lindsey's sister has an album. Who knew.

Please refer to my earlier posts as to how this relates to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

I have not memorized the lyrics to these songs.

Charlotte said...

Sorry I haven't checked in before now--been kind of a crazy day.

Kaylee--one point for having sung this song in a production. Heck, I'll give you two.

Harmony--a point for being one of the only two Utahns to have not seen or heard the soundtrack to Joseph. I'm glad that you are ashamed. One more point for having the Osmond album memorized and indoctrinating your posterity with such quality. (Though, I'll admit that I tend more towards Jeff's taste in Christmas music, truth be told.)

Jeff/deutschlehrer: I saw the same play at CMS. Pharoah was Michael Jackson instead of Elvis. So awesome. I think it was in the SUU auditorium, which, correct me if I'm wrong T-birds, but does that have a different name than that? Anyway, 1 point for that, and one point for not succumbing to the siren song of Marie Osmond. One more point for that tidbit of information about Lindsey Lohan. I'm telling you, between Gary Coleman (RIP) and the drug rehab place, Utah County is quite the place for celebrity sightings. Another point for having similar Christmas music taste to my own. And, one final points for general Lohan trivia on a day when Matt Lauer held an exclusive Lindsey Lohan interview on "Today". At least, I assume he did. They were together while I was working out this morning, and the words "TODAY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LINDSEY LOHAN" kept flashing on the screen. I never tuned in to listen to the interview though, so it could be anything, I suppose.

Total Points: 5

Harmony said...

Truth be told, I tend more towards Jeff's taste in Christmas music as well, with the Osmond's Christmas Album being the glaring exception. In times past I could occasionally stand to listen to FM100 during the holidays, but lately I just haven't been able to stomach it. The CDs in my changer this past holiday season included MoTab, Cambridge Singers, Libera, Mannheim Steamroller, and The Gift, by my all-time favorite soprano, which includes "Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella," one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs.

Charlotte said...

I'm with you there Harmony. I have an arrangement of "Feliz Navidad" that I just adore and have to listen to when I'm making the tamales every year, and I do love me some Voice Male (especially the live album with all the jokes) and Amy Grant. Other than that though, give me the traditional stuff, ESPECIALLY Amahl and the Night Visitors, anyday.

Bamamoma said...

Charlotte gets one point for mentioning Voice Male ... Wait a MINUTE! who do I think I am!?!

(actually, I am one of THREE Utahns who have never seen a production of this show - I did see a video of the Donny version though)

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