Monday, September 10, 2012

measure your life in love


I don't have a bucket list or a life list or a 30 by 30 list.
But if I did, this night would have totally been on it.
The evening began with Leah and me and margaritas in Greenwich Village.
Off to a good start.
By 7:25pm we were in a cab, rain falling, a light drizzle.
I applied my favorite red lips by the light on my iphone, bouncing this way and that. Priorities.
I had not spent all these years anticipating this very moment to show up with a dull pout.
7:50 and we were out of the cab and running to New World Stages.
A happy, excited run, the end was in sight. We needed our umbrellas at this point.
10th row from the front and we were in our seats.
We caught our breath.
I couldn't tell if it was the short run or the simple fact that the show was about to begin that had my heart in paces.
Probably a bit of both, but mostly the latter.
The production was perfect. Better than I had imagined or hoped.
The moment I'd waited for came.
The company lined the stage for Seasons of Love.
I have sung this song driving down the road, in my living room, with my pal Lindsay.
Often times, at the top of my lungs much to Justin's chagrin.
I'm not going to lie... I cried. It was absolutely beautiful and moving and electric.
We made our mark on the Create wall in the foyer.
Appropriate since that show made a mark on me.
Our nightcap was a slice of cheesecake from Juniors with remarks like,
You know we live here.
We actually live here.
We were walking back to the subway high on every emotion from our drizzly night.
What if we see someone famous?! Leah jokingly asked,
as we passed droves of people waiting outside theatres for that one glimpse of so-and-so.
We were almost to our station when we saw him.
And heaven help us, we couldn't contain our laughter.
Admist young and old alike, iPhones flashed and cameras snapped.
Snoop Dogg.
We measured our night and laughed all the way home.
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights
In cups of coffee.
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.
In five-hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure
a year in the life?
Measure your life in love.


  1. You are going to make me CRY. This sounds lovely and damn you write so lovely.
    Can we make this:" I had not spent all these years anticipating this very moment to show up with a dull pout" Into a print???
    Miss you.
    Love you.

    Might show up on your doorstep on October 25th.

  2. You outfit is so fab.

    You saw RENT & Snoop?


  3. HaHaHa about seeing Snoop Dogg. Hilarious. I'm sure it was the celebrity sighting you'd been waiting for your whole life.

  4. oh, how fun! Your write up is so wondey.

  5. YES. I saw rent in NYC when I was in high school. loooved it and everything about this post.

  6. Goodness your night does sound absolutely perfect. it's hearing about nights like these that make me want to live in NYC!

  7. ahh i love this. you captured nyc and the magic of living here (and still, after some time), disbelief in it all. so perfect. (p.s. i like the guy checking you guys out as your take a pic in the mirror).

  8. What a great post. I love RENT and that song is a fav... oh and Snoop - fo snizzle that's awesome!

  9. Molly! I'm the world's most terrible pen-pal. I've been carrying around your cute little note for weeks. I even started to write you back one day on a yellow work notepad in purple sharpie because I was desperate and felt so horrible. I thought I was going to be so good at this "send letters back and forth thing" but as it turns out I'm completely horrible. So. Now that I'm here I'm going to go on record and say that I'm going to do my best to get an email out to you this week. And one of these days, soon, promise, hold me to it, I'm going to stick something in the mail for you. Because it's gonna be fun. Right? :)

  10. My favorite show of all time. And one of the biggest influences on me as well. Loved reading this post Molly! You make me want to pack up and head to NYC like crazy.

  11. man... i'm so jealous about your RENT viewing. i could watch that show a billion times over... singing every song by heart. i'm hoping to see wicked this month... fingers crossed. miss you friend. xoxo

  12. I should have been there! however, im sure newborns would have been frowned upon : )
    Ohhh memories!

  13. Just one of my favorites. I also saw rent in NYC and it was perfect. Shivers and smiles and tears. What a good show.

    I'd like to see another one in NYC sometime soon. Gotta love Broadway!

    Have you seen any other shows? I saw the Lion King in NY and it was UNREAL. Unreal!

  14. fun fact: I totally used this song to blow the minds of little first-graders when I told them that I knew how many minutes were in a year! cheap thrills. ha.

  15. I heard recently that Snoop Dogg has changed his name to Snoop Lion. I refuse to believe it isn't true because it's so deliciously ridiculous.

    My skin is basically Elphaba-green with envy. I love Rent. My roommates and I skipped class the day the movie came out and I wore my Rent t-shirt like a NERD. Don't care.

    It sounds like such a perfect night.

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