To Kahlil Joseph

Too many years ago to count, I acted in a show you directed. I pulled from the depths of my soul to give you everything I had to bring your character to life. And the notes you gave after the performance, while Cindy and I were sobbing in exhaustion in each others' arms, with our friends who had watched the performance-most also crying- gathered around us, were, "ok, good, but if you could just give me more . . ."

Thank you. My children need me to find reserves of strength I didn't know I had, and energy to help them when I thought I was running on empty. YOU taught me that there's always more to give, even (perhaps especially) when you think there's not.

Forget Kindergarten--Everything I need to know I learned in the theatre.

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