Scene 13: “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 school 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 14: “Paralapomenon”