Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Glinda and Elphie

This morning I served as the liturgist for the seminary chapel service in which my Best Seminary Friend was the preacher.  Two weeks ago, we were in reverse roles.  It's beginning to dawn on us that this is it ~ after three years and a couple of major life transitions, we are about to graduate and will most likely land in separate states.

I plan to celebrate this friendship forever. It is, I think, one of the greatest gifts seminary has offered me.  We're very different ~ this morning we concluded that she is Glinda and I am Elphaba.  She is the summery Christian and I am the wintery one.    She arrives in a bubble, and I ride a broomstick.  (OK, the analogy isn't perfect.  She's not blonde and I'm not green.)

If you know about my obsession with Wicked from from my old blog, you know that the first time I saw it, I concluded from one of the first lines that it's a Calvinist musical:  "Are some people born wicked, or is wickedness thrust upon them?"   So it's appropriate, I think, that we have adopted those characters.  We are a perfect match, two best friends in the Emerald City.


  1. And of course, per Wicked, neither is as we have always assumed!

    Great adventures in deep friendship ahead, it looks like from here! And to have such great music to accompany you - well, what could be better? :)

  2. That's what I love about Wicked -- besides the music and the incredible costumes -- behind the fantasy it's all about friendship, loyalty, disappointment, strength, courage, human limitation and, most of all, appearances vs. reality and the discernment thereof.

  3. Okay, you've finally persuaded me to see Wicked. I tried to read the book and really didn't get it, so have avoided the musical as well despite the fact that all the RevGals love it!

  4. QG - the Musical has deleted a lot of the politics and stray tangents (which some find interesting in the book and others not so much) and really focuses on the friendship and peek behind such a "well-known" duo as The Wicked Witch and Glinda the Good. Marvelous, I thought!!

  5. I would imagine, that if I ever see Wicked, it will be because of you.