What do we make in our short time here?
Make someone happy
Make someone’s day
Make a wish
Make something lovely
Last night’s Beckoning featured eleven moments where we could all do something together, hear something, make something. The moments (as I remember them – I have a cold, and this is from memory):
- A young girl who had just learned to tell time was stationed on a stool – the watchtower – to look and see if everyone was having a wonderful time.
- jump for joy – we all stood and jumped together
- We created cell phone stars and made a wish. The light of the phones reflected off the sculpture – it really did look like stars.
- We gave our neighbors each a high-five and called them by name – because we all took a risk coming there.
- The man in the 8/8/08 Beckoning who gave flowers to a stranger got flowers from strangers.
- The man in the 9/9/09 Beckoning who asked for a moment of peace and who has since joined the Peace Corps got, in absentia, a live performance of the song that he heard on AKR’s iPod that day.
- All the Emily’s in the audience came up and recited the end of the speech that Emily gives in Our Town: “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it–every, every minute?”
- John Green (yes that John Green, who is made of awesome and lovely) gave out orange candy to everyone that he could get to (the park was closing and the Segway police were herding everyone out).
- Green also gave a message to a young girl in Minnesota who wrote via regular mail to AKR. She called herself Sponge and she had a wonderful message. That we should love everyone, but we didn’t have to like everyone. She didn’t give her name but her initials are ATM – and to the Beckoning and MissionAKR, ATM stands for Always Trust Magic.
- The tiniest members of the crowd handed out tiny letters from tiny baskets- accompanied by Vivaldi and the Redmoon Theatre and bubbles, lots of bubbles – The letters all say the same thing: Make the most of your time here.
- and the last moment was to announce that there will be an event on 11/11/11, the release of a feature film that will somehow miraculously get produced, and whose message is – look at the numbers 11/11/11 – We are all one. And Jackson, the boy who made a grand entrance in the 8/8/08 Beckoning, made a grand exit and we all stood and applauded.