My Broadway Puzzle

Last Christmas, one of my presents was a Broadway-themed puzzle. This summer, I finally got to put it together. It was 1000 pieces and below is the finished work. It represents several musicals and some I have seen in some shape and some I have not. There are even some I may not have seen at all, but might have picked up on them on the puzzle. I actually own two Broadway puzzles. I actually am able to focus better on these puzzles and I think that is because of how much I love musicals.

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Some musicals I have seen either by movie or live on this puzzle are Cats, Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, King and I,  Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate. Annie,  South Pacific, Hairspray, Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story Phantom of the Opera, Music Man, Wicked, and Les Mis. Some musicals I recognize on this musical but have not seen are Miss Saigon, Chorus Line, Matilda, Kinky Boot and Billy Elliot and so many others the names are already there.

From what you see on this puzzle, which ones have you seen?

Meaning of Being a Kid

Yesterday, I volunteered at my church’s weekday school with my mom. Even though the preschool ended, there was still lots of cleaning up to do. For me, I ended up putting together puzzles in order to see if there is a missing piece. If there isn’t I put them away and if there is, the puzzle gets thrown away.

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Even though I was volunteering, I felt like a kid again. There was something about preschool puzzles that made me feel like that. Honestly, there are many times when I wish I was back in either preschool or elementary school. In those days, everything is so much easier. It always seem to be fun and there is no worry all the time. As you get older, things get harder and even though I am a college student, it can drive you nuts.

Below is a picture of one of the most recent pictures of me. This came from this summer. As some people already know, this picture is me dressed as Eponine for a Les Mis party.

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During my elementary school years, everything was so fun. I did not have to deal with finals or having to work. I just could have fun playing either games or playing with dolls or reading or birthday parties or field trips or even parties at school. A lot of who I am today existed when I was much younger: meaning elementary school and younger. In elementary school, I was optimistic, funny, outgoing, and had a wild imagination, which are all part of me today at age 23.

The way I saw musicals was very different too. From the emotions I remember the best, in elementary school, excitement was the most memorable emotion in the earlier years. On top of that, the part that I looked forward to the most was dance and spectacle. Dance and spectacle in those days were more important than the emotional nature. That was only because I hardly understood the emotional side of things. In those days, I remember that Annie was my first musical soundtrack.

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Even though I wish I was a kid again, I am so glad I am older. True life gets harder as you get older and that is why you wish you were a kid. Being older gave me a better understanding on things especially musicals. But musicals truly began as a world of spectacle and dance, the most important aspects in the elementary school years. Those two things are a big reason why I loved musicals in elementary school.

I can be young at heart at times and that is part of why I love Disney and why my vision of musicals was created through the musicals I grew up with, which are the ones before high school and last one I grew up with would be Wicked. Below is a picture of me at age 12 in New York. That was during middle school and I began to realize there is more to musicals than just spectacle and dance. It was at that age where I began to understand that musicals have an emotional nature. I was at the right age to begin to understand that. Even seeing Wicked was still part of my younger, but was quite essential to my musical journey.

What are some things you enjoyed as a kid? Are there some current characteristics that you first developed starting in either preschool or elementary school.