A Magical Moment

13 Aug

This past weekend, Peter and I drove to Seattle to see Josie, our oldest grandchild, in a play. The drive is eight solid hours. We left on Friday morning and arrived in Seattle in time to fight Friday night traffic made worse by construction and hotel personnel who gave us wrong directions. Our hotel, the only one where Peter could use hotel points, was not at all what we expected. Grumble. Grumble.

Later, we were able to make it to our dinner reservations and had a wonderful seafood dinner at Etta’s, by Pike’s Market. Nice.
Saturday morning we had to walk three blocks through spitting rain for a Starbucks coffee because in the hotel dining room, which appeared half-empty to us, there was a twenty-minute wait for food. Was that okay? we were asked. No, it was not.

The rain left and we had a rare, sparkling day during which we could walk around. First, we had to park our car. We found the perfect lot–close to shopping, close to the market. $8.00 was posted. For a few hours, we thought. But we soon learned by reading the small print, the price was $8.00 every thirty minutes!!! An enterprising young man directed the crowd of grumbling people to a lot a block and a half away where you could pay $8.00 for three hours, plus tips to him and his fellow enterprising worker.

We had fun walking around and enjoying the cooler air. After the allotted three hours, we picked up our car and headed out of the city to a new hotel closer to where Josie was performing. The major highway one would normally take to the new location was closed, due to construction. Fortunately, a front desk clerk at the hotel, knew back roads to get to our new location plus how to get from the new hotel to the theater where Josie was performing.

After an early dinner, we headed out to the theater. The performance was at 7:30 and we were due to arrive at 7:00 PM. We did not want to be late. We pulled out the directions for back roads and followed them carefully– until we reached a sign that said, Summer Festival. Road Closed Ahead. Grumble. Grumble.

We arrived at the theater just after 7 PM, where we met with family. Nice.

Josie Theater

Two plays were being performed. We watched the first one, anxiously waiting for the moment when our star would be on stage. Josie has always had a beautiful voice (not from me!) but has been shy about performing. At 14, she’s found a niche where she can act and sing and not worry about the teasing she often gets about being so small. (She was a 2 lb. preemie and is still small – perfectly proportioned but small).

Our anticipation built as intermission came and went. Then, there she was, a beauty playing Beauty in Beauty and the Beast. The lines were written in verse and sometimes it was hard to hear the kids. But Josie’s voice rang out true and clear, her face showing the emotions of the moment. Truly, a star was born. Our star. And all the difficulty of getting there, and knowing we’d have to get up and drive eight hours to get back home, meant nothing as we greeted her at the end of the show with hugs and tears and flowers.


Posted by on August 13, 2013 in Idaho


22 responses to “A Magical Moment

  1. Janis McCurry

    August 13, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Family always makes challenges worth it, doesn’t it? I’m glad you had a nice time.

  2. Judith Keim

    August 13, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Thanks, Janis! So glad we went…

  3. Barbara Barrett

    August 13, 2013 at 10:50 AM


    It’s sort of amazing, isn’t what we’ll put up with to support our grandchildren? Even keep our good humor through Life’s unexpected roadblocks. Glad you got there in time and got to see her perform. Somewhere in all those misfires I’ll bet there’s a scene or two for a future manuscript.

    Barbara Barrett

    • Judith Keim

      August 13, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Great to hear from you, Barbara! Yes, we’ve even moved from Florida to Idaho for our grandchildren! LOL

  4. Corina Mallory

    August 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Aw, what a sweet end to your travails. I recently went on a little road trip that started out with a couple of really unpleasant encounters and situations only to resolve into a really wonderful vacation. Those stressful moments, especially when heaped on each other one after another, can only make you laugh in retrospect when everything worked out in the end.

    • Judith Keim

      August 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Yes, by the time we got to the last road block we were laughing and shaking our heads. The one thing we learned is that we love where we live – Boise!

  5. Peggy Staggs

    August 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Seattle is always a challenge. But it’s always worth it when you have a pay off like the one you had. I’m so glad you got the opportunity to see Josie. And as the lead in Beauty and the Beast. What a treat.

  6. Judith Keim

    August 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Thanks, Peggy! It was a wonderful treat. And it’s always nice to go to the “Big City” even if it makes you glad you live a much simpler life. The traffic in Altanta was awful, too, which is why we moved away.

  7. Karen Ann Dell (@K_A_Dell)

    August 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Oh, Judy, I was breath-holding all through your blog – so afraid that missing your granddaughter’s performance would be the final straw in your series of travel mishaps. Sooooo glad to see you made it! Family ties are the best things in the world as we get older. But we miss you here in Florida, too! Come back and visit soon.

    • Judith Keim

      August 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      Thanks. So great to hear from you! How’re things going for you? How is it with your family gone? Miss all you guys, too!

  8. Stephanie Berget

    August 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Our grandkids are a treat, aren’t they. What a wonderful way to end your vacation.

    • Judith Keim

      August 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      Yeah, we’re so lucky to have five…two girls and then a batch of 3 boys in two years…

  9. JoMarie DeGioia

    August 13, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Great story, Judy! Everything’s better when you get those hugs and kisses.

    • Judith Keim

      August 13, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      Thanks, JoMarie! Good to hear from you. So happy you’re having so many successes! But I’m not surprised…

  10. Lynn Mapp

    August 13, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Judy, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Boise in my blog next week. You’ve touched on some of my points. I’m glad you were able to spend time with family. Those are precious moments.

  11. Judith Keim

    August 13, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Missing you, Lynn. You say you’ll be home next week? We need to get the coffee group together again. It’s been a busy summer…

  12. Jennifer

    August 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Seattle is not the easiest place to navigate. It sounds like it was all worth it in the end though.

  13. Judith Keim

    August 15, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Thanks, Jennifer. Yes, it was all worth it and gave us a greater appreciation for choosing to live in Boise!

  14. julie

    August 16, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    I’m going to Seattle next week. Sounds like it will be frustrating! We all do it for family. Soooo good to see them.

  15. Judith Keim

    August 16, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Thanks, Julie. Seattle is fun; it just ain’t easy!! But summer in Seattle can be beautiful…Have a great, easy time!

  16. maryvine

    August 25, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I leaved in the Portland, OR area for over 30 years and so glad now to live in the Boise area where the sun shines far more often. What a doll Josie is.

  17. Judith Keim

    August 25, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Thanks, Mary! We appreciate Boise too!


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