So, when they decided to get tickets to a play - my first - they had exit strategies and contingency plans for the inevitable hurricane of sound I would become.
Imagine their surprise when I sat enthralled with my mouth hanging open the entirety of Peter Pan.
This summer, I had the opportunity to return to Neverland serving as the stage manager of Peter and the Starcatcher at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
The script, the cast, the direction - it was a summer of utter joy - of getting to play and call it work.
There are plenty of words I could say, but I think this video pretty much takes care of it: