We had a pretty good day yesterday afternoon. We went to see an Easter Passion Play with our friends (who we consider family) Lisa and Jim and Lisa’s mother and husband Marg and Mike at a local church. I’ve seen it several times in the past but this was the first time I was going to try and sit through it with an almost 10 month old. I expected that one of us would have to take Jacob out midway through the production because I mean really….what 10 month old can sit still AND quiet for 2 hour production. Well….apparently ours can.
We often get a lot of comments about what a happy baby Jacob is – about how well behaved and good natured he is – about how lucky we are that we have been blessed with a baby like him – and we weren’t suprised yesterday when Marg and Mike (who were meeting Jacob for the first time) commented after the show that they couldn’t believe how he just sat through the entire thing so happy and well behaved. In fact, as much as we beleive that Jacob is a “good baby” we ourselves were rather shocked that he was able to sit back through the majority of the production and just take it all in. I guess as parents we are use to what the behaviors of our child are because twice during the production Mike and I thought we would have to take Jacob out so that he didn’t disrupt the play – but apparently nobody blinked an eye or heard Jacob murmuring the way that we did. I think his ability was more a combination of the fact that he is a “good baby” and the fact that he LOVES music. This production was jam packed with musical numbers that were spaced out so perfectly that at the times that Jacob started fussing his attention was easily distracted to the singing and dancing occurring on stage.
Towards the end of the production Jacob really started paying attention to the people coming down the aisle, to the people up on stage, to the musical numbers that were happening and for those of you who have seen a Passion Play before you know the most poignant, dramatic, intense part is obviously the death of Jesus Christ on the cross…most of the people in the Church were Pentecostal and some of them were crying – well at this moment, as Jesus was walking down the aisle to “die” – Jacob turned to him as he passed our seat, smiled a big wide smile, and waved bye-bye. It just so happened that at that moment when Jacob was waving bye-bye and smiling – the man playing Jesus fell to his knees with the cross (as a part of the production) right by our seat – so now thousands of eyes were on this man and there in the spotlight was my son, waving bye bye to Jesus – I didn’t know if I was supposed to laugh or be mortified. The man playing Jesus got up and continued down the aisle to the stage and Jacob just kept waving bye bye, bye bye, bye bye…..
I wonder why he chose that moment to wave bye bye – I am certain he did not know what was going on…..but I will remember it for a very long time – the day we saw the Passion Play at a huge church that we dont’ belong too – where Jacob waved bye bye to Jesus.