15 years ago today the musical Wicked opened on Broadway.
We have seen the show a few times but this picture is from the first time- in London, 2014. Brendan had just turned 7.
During the whole trip, in every train station and any time he saw the poster, he insisted we had to see the show. On our last day, we went. Our seats were the first row of the balcony.
I’ll never forget watching him sing all the songs he watched on YouTube videos over and over. And I’ll never forget him telling us (once again) that someday he wanted to be one of the people on the stage telling the stories.
The second picture is of the t shirt he got after the show. He just recently retired it (4 years later!). For a while it was in almost every picture we took, he wore it as much as he could. He said he loved it because it reminded him of how he felt watching the show.
It’s that time of year – the Condon’s annual Halloween Party. Both of our kids are officially “too old” this year (it’s for kindergarten- grade 5).
Bren volunteered to help but didn’t want to wear his Trick or Treat costume. So he put this together and sent me this picture before he left. He’s “a Snapchat filter.”
(Actual Halloween costume is also very Brendan) 🎃
We knew early – looking back, how could you not? And we knew at some point he would figure it out too. Until then we presented opportunities for both our kids to see that we would love them no matter who they are. “Let’s watch Modern Family together,” we said. “Have you seen the Halloween theme Neil Patrick Harris, his husband and kids chose?” we asked.
A few years ago over dinner Chris shared a picture he took at MIT- a big banner hung to celebrate Coming Out Day. Brendan asked what it was and we explained what “coming out” meant. He responded pretty quickly he didn’t understand why people couldn’t just be who they are and others just accept them.
It seemed like a naive comment, but it really wasn’t. That’s how Brendan has always lived his life. I’d like to think it’s because we tried our best to let “Brendan be Brendan” but really we are only one part.
He has in his life so many role models – friends, especially theater friends – who he has grown up watching and admiring. The authenticity he sees is all he knows.
For anyone who has struggled to get to a place of love and acceptance, know that seeing you makes Brendan, and other kids like him, live their truth. And for that we thank you.