A couple of months ago I noticed a billboard advertising a production of The Hobbit at a local theater and thought the older boys, who very much enjoyed the book, might enjoy the play. Once I investigated ticket prices though I decided against it, since it doesn’t take much multiplied by four or five to add up. Then one day at the library I noticed an advertisement for the play and inquired if they happened to have discounted tickets available. Much to my delight, and then disappointment, I was told they had free tickets but they had given them all away already. They put me on the waiting list, which already held several names, and said they’d call if any other library branches had extras.
A couple of weeks before the show I got a call that they had four tickets available for us. I was so excited. We decided Adam would take the older boys out for dinner and to the show and Gabriel and Sebastian and I would hang out at home. The appointed day arrived and Gabriel and Sebastian and I stood in the driveway as the others pulled away for their adventure. Any remorse Gabriel might have had at being left behind melted away as he watched our neighbors set up for a bonfire. We walked over to say hello and were invited inside to see the birds and hamster they were watching for a friend. Our plan for pizza quesadillas was soon scratched and replaced with cooking hot dogs on the fire. This was followed by entertainment from our neighbor Emily and her friend who escorted the boys to the backyard where the slide is and raked a pile of leaves together for Sebastian and Gabriel to slide into. We finished up the night with a S’more before going home to bed.
Adam and the boys returned from their pizza dinner (where they amazed the waitress by devouring the entire fourteen inch pizza) and the show, the boys full of excitement about the hobbit’s funny feet, scary Smaug, and how Gandalf disappears. Each of them had a magic ring all their own. We sat together with cups of hot apple cider and they told their own tales of being there and back again.