Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tarzan

On Monday night, Tim and I had the wonderful opportunity to see a community theater perform the musical, Tarzan.  I was blown away with how wonderful the performance was (lets face it, you never know what you are going to get with community theater).  What I didn't expect, however, were the emotions that would come to the surface.

When you think of the story of Tarzan, you think about the unlikely love story between the "ape man" and the sophisticated Jane.  What we usually don't think about is the story of Kala, the "mother gorilla."Right at the beginning of the story, her seemingly perfect life of being married and having a baby, takes a tragic turn when her new little baby is killed.  She then finds Tarzan, now an orphan, and feels driven to care for him.  Why?  Because he fills an empty space in her heart.

Right after her baby dies, Kala sings these words: "No words describe a mother's tears.  No words can heal a broken heart."  Yep, this mother lost it in the middle of the audience...It didn't matter that a monkey was singing it.  The actress playing Kala captured the emotions so perfectly.  The desperation for something to fill the empty space, the constant ache, the need to have something to do.

Yes, I related all too well with Kala's tragic story.  I especially loved the next line of her song, "A dream is gone, but where there is hope, somewhere something is calling for you."  When Joshua died, there was the loss of a dream, at least in this life.  A lot of the things I morn are things that are never to be.  I morn for the birthdays that will never be celebrated with him.  I morn for the joy of seeing him walk for the first time.  I morn never seeing graduations, a wedding, and him having his own children.  Yes, a dream is gone.

But, there is definitely hope! Hope of finding who is calling for me.  Right now, it is my Logan boy. My other child and other future children give me hope.  Also, my Savior Jesus Christ gives me hope of having my whole family together again. 

So, lesson learned...think through the story line before seeing any movie or play in public.  And for goodness sakes, carry tissues with you!!

1 comment:

  1. I've never really taken the time to watch this film and just in the short clip you posted was able to be pulled around and emotionally invested in it like I never imagined possible. I've often wondered how our Savoir felt as He experienced everything that we would feel and every now and then I get a taste of what it might be like. Sometimes there is this strong emotional connection with the trials and losses of my friends and loved ones that I can never fully explain. People who are strong and willing to share help the rest of us to have those moments of true understand and help us grow closer to the Savior.

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Joshua Kent Ipson was born December 1, 2012 with a very complicated combination of congenital heart defects. After 2 1/2 months of fighting for his life, he passed away on February 13, 2013. We invite you to share our experiences as we grieve his loss, rejoice in God's plan, & keep Joshua's message of hope alive.
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