Today is the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and it’s traditional to quote the bard today. After the past few days with Stretch, the first quote that comes to my mind is:
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“How far that little candle throws his beams.” (Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice)
Remember how I had that brilliant idea to sprinkle Stretch with holy water from St. Patrick’s to make him a little more “angelic.” Listen closely. Yes, that’s God’s laughter you hear.
Those who follow this blog will recall that right after we left the Cathedral, Stretch made friends with Olivia and her rabbits. Then he sent a message to his friend Kristy about the Faberge butterfly egg on display in Rockefeller Center and she dubbed him her “little stud muffin.”
Later that day we stopped at Whole Foods where the woman at the checkout, Wendy, spotted Stretch and pronounced him “adorable.” So now Stretch has a girlfriend at the supermarket.
I tried to mostly keep him inside and out of trouble the past few days, but even when we just went for a walk around the apartment complex at lunchtime, he managed to catch the eye of a neighbor. She’s going to teach him yoga when she recovers from back surgery.
Fast forward to today when I had my latest CT scan to check on the breast cancer. I’m lying on the table ready to go into the machine and I hear the technician saying, “Oh, I just love this little guy that’s sitting in the pocket on the side of your purse. He’s so cute!” Here I am in the middle of a scan and the little guy is over on the other side of the room flirting with the tech. Anyway, you can guess the rest. . .
When I related these stories to Stretch’s friend Terry, he made the comment that Stretch should be in the movies, which is a timely comment since today is also the anniversary of the first movie projected to a crowd in a theater. For those of you interested in historical trivia, here’s what the Library of Congress says about it:
On April 23, 1896, the Vitascope movie projector made its debut at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in Herald Square, New York City. The vaudeville circuit was a fitting venue because it not only provided a ready audience but also a source for film subjects including Annabelle, the "butterfly dancer" and the theatrical production of "A Milk White Flag." During the premiere, film was projected onto a screen set within a gilt frame to create literally a "moving picture" for an amazed audience.
Terry suggested that a good film for Stretch would be a new version of “Girls Gone Wild” entitled “Stretch Gone Wild.” (Or maybe “Girls Gone Wild Over Stretch?”) I mentioned this to Stretch and here’s his response:
“I appreciate the suggestion Terry, but I think it would be even better if we featured me in an updated version of the film “Shakespeare in Love.” That way we could pay tribute to both Shakespeare’s birth and the anniversary of the movie theater while presenting me in a very appropriate production.”
Shakesbear in Love
“I will have poetry in my life. And love. Love above all.”