Tonight I took the boys to see the Wiggles in their final concert tour. While new people are taking on the red, purple and yellow shirts, it's still sad to see Murray, Jeff and Greg go. While the new people are very good and enthusiastic performers, they don't have their heart and soul in it the way the old crew did.
The boys had a great time. Last time, I managed VIP seats and they could wander but this time we were in the middle of a row. In some ways, that worked better (at least for me). To this day, I don't remember much of the show from the floor because I was so focused on keeping up with Alex and Nathan. The hour and a half went by quickly but here are some of the highlights.
Nathan sang along with me for Rock-A-Bye Your Bear and Alex and I danced to the Shimmie Shake. Both boys danced to Getting Strong, making muscle man poses.
But this was the big thrill of the evening:
Nathan wore Alex's old Murray shirt and Alex wore his Captain Feathersword costume. Now as it happens, Captain Feathersword was collecting roses near our seats. He spotted Alex standing nearby and I saw a spontaneous delighted smile on his face. I'm guessing the good Captain doesn't get too many people dressing up like him. Alex went down to the rail and the Captain shook his hand.
It's one thing I like about the Wiggles. They have always made it clear that the children come first in the show. They try to keep things moving but they're there for the children. Not the parents. The kids.
Lots of people make fun of the Wiggles and pray for the day their children outgrow them but I've always liked their music. They're passionate and lucky enough to do what they love for a living. That makes them people to be envied in my book.
We'll miss you all. The Big Red Car won't be the same without you.