December 19, 2012

Upon a Star- TWAM, Wishes, a new friend.


Arrived Up North in The South on Wednesday morning, by the following Wednesday I was a little bored with my routine.  That's what happens when you live between two worlds, the world of Miami and the rest of the state.  In actuality I was missing the chispa of el Cubaneo, having someone who understood my Spanglish with no question and who could pick up my thoughts without missing a beat. Last Friday My Little One, the only one who fulfilled those missings for me here, moved back down to Miami to continue college and the separation was very hard for me- apparently I must have made a heartfelt wish.  Once again TWAM was going to help me fulfill it.



The Star


TWAM, Theater With A Mission, a theater group linked to Mission San Luis in Tallahassee and also linked to BB's corazon.  In volunteering for this troupe I've found my Spanish roots and my voice.  Queee? JU SO FONII!!! Ok si, Babushka has always been vocal, Cubana al fin, but I meant with the confidence and style one can only get when performing- especially with friends.  Especially last minute.  On the 10th I contacted our director Ben Gunter, to which he said there was a perfect part for BB in a performed reading on the 15th. We were to perform El Auto de los Reyes Magos for the second annual Navidad en Viejo San Agustin (Christmas in Old St. Augustine) ; we were to rehearse on the day of the show. 

I KNEW I could count on TWAM for some blood pumping Miami style rush!!!


Romas Sparkis, Gabrielle Reed, Ben Gunter


The play, whose interpretation and editing was finished that morning by Ben, was based upon the sighting of the biblical star of Bethlehem by the three kings/wisemen and King Herod's reaction to their visit.  Babushka was to play Melchor, one of the three wisemen.  Si, the ironic humor in that casting was not lost on BB.


Melchor as played by Babushka




Balthasar- Romas Sparkis



Gaspar- Jaime del MonteGuayava
aka  JM



The cast met up at Mission San Luis to try on costumes and rehearse.  New to the troupe was Jaime del MonteGuayava, but not new to BB.  Believe it or not, he had gone to school with Babushka in Miami. He was 2 years behind me and I still can't pinpoint from where I remember him- either in a summer class or in college, but his persona I could not forget.  JM was always bigger than life because he always questioned the whys of life and did everything with passion. No ha cambiado- he hasn't changed a bit. Seems like the S Sisters paid me another welcomed visit.

In the 3+ hours to St. Augustine, Ben, JM and BB went over our lines and had many fascinating conversations.  Normally Babushka would say "interesting" conversations, but JM has a way of speaking- part yogi (as in swami not the bear), part scholar, and part chusma de Hialeah.  Fascinating. 

Navidad en Viejo San Agustin was foggy, chilly and enchanting.  The bridges were illuminated with lights and the grounds sprinkled with torches.  Everyone was dressed in period clothing;  it truly was very easy to imagine oneself back in Old St. Augustine.

The performances (we did 3) were met well and we were finished by 10 p.m.  We usually head straight back to Tally after a St. Augustine performance, but JM wanted to aprovechar the trip and see more of the city in its' holiday splendor.  Besides, as the Cuban in him pointed out, we had to eat dinner didn't we? Taking the main street of St. Augustine- there's only 2, we proceeded to look for a natural food establishment porque JM only ate organic/vegan food.  You expected something different?  

We had a marvelous dinner, generously paid for by JM who throughout the whole event (because going out with him must be classified as an event) was enjoying his champagne, the food, the ambiance and the people.  At times BB couldn't tell if he was a Conte enjoying his subjects or a child enjoying Christmas, but either way BB was thoroughly enjoyed,entranced, and entertained.

At the end of the evening, once we arrived in Tally, we all said adios, gave each other hugs and went on our separate ways. Or maybe not, because an hour later I received this text photo.


Definitivamente a BF for BB

; )



May your inner wishes be granted by a star, and may they always be bright.


Babushka Besos a todos.  Cuidensen










Bohemian Babushka
Bohemian Babushka

Groovy Spanglish speaking Grandma of 6 who loves life and all its adventures. Motivational while still keeping it real, Babushka shows how all things looked at with gratitude are good, and how to say to la vida- JU SO FONII!!!

28 comments:

  1. wow que gran momento! Feliz navidad y prospero año nuevo 2013 ;)

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    1. It truly was fun. Feliz Navidad y prospero año a todos for sure!! Gracias y BB2U

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  2. Que experiencia más linda.. En algun tiempo viví en Tampa y llegamos a ir a San Agustín. Me gusta mucho ese lugar es muy bello..

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    1. Tienes razon Teresa, San Agustin es bella y con tanto historia. Me alegro que pudiste conocerlo y me alegro por tu visita a mi baile. BB2U

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  3. Estoy que me muero de la risa con el "part chusma de Hialeah" eres tremenda. Me alegro que se hayan divertido y la presentación fué un exito. Felicidades!!!

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    1. Pues no te mueres mujer- todavia hay mucho de que reir!! ; ) Gracias por el comentario y BB2U.

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  4. hahaha love it! Melchor is the best looking Melchor I have ever seen! Happy Holidays BB, god bless your free spirit and your wonderful sense of humor. You bring a lot of happiness into this world. xoxox

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    1. Sweet Sofia, que bella eres. I'm so thankful for your comment and very glad I can bring some smiles to people's days. Abrazos y BB2U.

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  5. Qué plan más divertido y diferente para celebrar las fiestas!

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    1. Si verdad? Los organizadores del evento son cheverisimo, ojala puedes compartir con nosotros pa' la proxima. BB2U

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  6. Que chévere! That is so fonni! LOL. Merry Christmas!

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    1. And a Very Merry Christmas to you Alejandra!! Glad you enjoyed the tale and thanks for the dance. BB2U

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  7. jaja Qué divertido! Me hubiera encantado verlos! Felices Fiestas!

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    1. Lo vamos hacer de nuevo el 5 de Enero- si estas por Tallahassee visitenos!! BB2U y Felices Fiestas a ti tambien.

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  8. You are unique amiga! Love reading your blog! Chusma de Hialeah, I really know what that's about, after living in "Hialeah, La Ciudad que Progresa" for so many great years! MERRY Christmas!

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    1. Ahhh thanks mujer. So you know Hialeah and it's people? Now THEY'RE SO FONII!!! ; ) Merriest of holidays to you and your familia y BB2U

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  9. Sounds like you had a blast and enjoyed it to the fullest. I'm so glad for you.

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    1. Thank you Letty, it really was fun. Gracias por otro baile, BB2U.

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  10. Me falta conocer St Agustin, queda pendiente para el próximo año, si es gracioso cuando escucho la chusma de Hialeah..;) Happy Holidays. BB

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    1. Elizabeth no pierdes la oportunidad de ir a St. Agustin, pero sugiero ir cuando hay frio- el verano es mortal! Gracias por el baile y many Happy Holidays y BB2U.

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    1. HO HO HO por eso Santi Clo me quiere tanto. ; ) Gracias y BB2U.

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  12. OMG love this post and not sure what I did not see it I hate the google reader. Maybe I follow too many. Anyway love you as Melchor. He was my favorite of the Reyes. xoxo
    PS... I love seeing how much life and living you are doing since April is like watching a butterfly.

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    1. Melchor is cool, google reader- not so much, and i like being a butterfly better than a moth. heje Thanks for being a friend y 1000x BB2U.

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    1. Gracias Maybelline- y me encanta tu visita! Que se repite mucho!!! BB2U

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Always remember- If someone doesn't see YOUR brilliance, just look at them, smile, and say- JU SO FONI!!!