The week following opening, I was expecting to have a free schedule to catch up on sleep, writing and craft projects. I shouldn’t have been surprised when it didn’t turn out that way.
Sarah Howe’s son Alan was in a bad car accident just before opening. Thankfully, he only broke appendages and no internal organs or spinal damage, but it still left Sarah in quite a lurch. She asked me step in to help out with Summer Camp she runs out of her home, and I was glad to be offered such a direct line to assist.
Thankfully, she had already scheduled the week after hell week to be low-maintenance, accepting only children who knew how her camp worked and had their own projects lined up. She had experienced teen assistants who could run the studio. My only job was to be on the premises and over eighteen. The closest thing I did to actually providing adult leadership was to tell them to just leave copperheads alone if spotted.
I also tried to help catch her up on housework and chores, (including picking fresh figs from her tree—gee, what suffering, to eat fresh figs and spend time in her beautiful garden). I’m glad I lived there for a while so I knew most of the basics of how the house worked, though there will still plenty of projects I couldn’t begin to tackle.
By the third day I was finally able to sit down with my projects for the cheap art table, (where cast and crew and their friends can sell small art, whether show-related or not). The project was a little more time-intensive than I expected, but over the next two days I got a solid batch out. I think they’re really cute, and the cast agreed. They’re not selling too fast at the moment, but I’m not keen on sinking another twenty hours in anyway, so a slow burn is fine by me!
I was so tired. Everything I did was in a haze. I felt like my limbs were weighted as I ran about Sarah’s house, trying to remember how to run a household. I have yet to feel truly revitalized from the drain of hell week and opening weekend. Every effort is worth it though. Whether for my own enrichment, or in service of others.