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”