I don’t have any reason to think there will ever be another time to say this so I’m just gonna put this here. What I want to do is just personally thank all of you, including those who aren’t on the discord even though they can’t see this. I want to thank you because, while I haven’t been a part of it for as long as many of you and I don’t have the skills/experience that some of you do, you all let me into this little family we call Thespian Troupe 8918 anyway, and it means a lot.
I’ve spoken to a couple of you about this before. About how, after years of watching from the sidelines, going to every production, and thinking “No, you can’t do that. It’s not what you’re good for. Now sit down and do your algebra homework,” I finally decided to sign on. I remember, after my first day working on the crew of Midsummer, despite how nervous I’d been the whole time, my very first thought was “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”
I immediately felt like part of the team. You all are just that good at making people feel like they belong. It was impressive, really. Within what felt like days, I had a new place to sit at lunch, people started waving hello to me in the halls, and I could finally say and feel like I was part of something.
Now, while I could go on about how much I regret not joining sooner and getting to know all of you better, what I will instead say is that the experiences I have had in the time I’ve been here are ones that I will never regret, even despite the...unique...circumstance this year has brought. Over the last two years, while I wouldn’t say my shell is completely broken, I now believe I have the means to keep cracking away at it. And you may not know it, or it may not mean much, but that’s because of all of you.
And I mean all. So thank you.
thoughts from Miranda W.