Scene 12: “Tete a Tete”

Patti: “These two people are having a nurturing conversation. The French call this a “tete a tete”: a head to head. Who are they? Spouses… friends… parent and child… teenager and parent.

“Each one is being nurturing. Each one is being easy-going. Songs from the heart are being sung. Dreams are being expressed. No one’s treading on anyone’s dreams.”

Here’s a nice poem by the Irish poet John O’Donohue to describe what’s going on here:

“In this space,

May all of the weight of the world

Fall from your shoulders.

May your heart be tranquil here,

Blessed by peace the world cannot give.

May this be a loving place,

May nothing destructive

Ever cross this threshold.

May this be a safe space

Full of understanding and acceptance,

Where you can be as you are,

Without the need of any mask or talent.

May this be a place of discovery,

Where the possibilities that sleep

In the clay of your soul can emerge.

May it be a place of courage,

Where there is healing and growth and

Where dignity and forgiveness prevail.” ­ ­ John O’Donohue

Joe: “I had a room mate one time and during a break he invited me to his house. A couple of times that weekend I saw him and his mother having a tete a tete. They were just standing in the middle of the kitchen with their hands on each other’s shoulders.”I mention this to show that it IS possible. Something to shoot for.

Turn to Scene 13: “Paralapomenon”