Bill Cosby and his humourous story telling have given us a lot for which to be thankful over many years, not least how to see the funny side of family life. Last night, at The Filene Center, at Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, he did this again, and made a full house have belly laughs listening to his views on parenting, marriage, and aging. As ever, he looked dapper, in a green shirt, blue pants, and yellow braces (suspenders, for Americans). He had on hooped socks that looked like a clown’s but set off his outfit perfectly. His show went on for over two hours, without a break; a great feat for even a sprightly-looking 73 year-old. The former track athlete used all the stamina he had.
I wont spoil it for anyone who may yet go to see his show by retelling any of the stories. The audience tried to turn the show into call and response by stealing Bill Cosby’s punch lines, but with a hand gesture at the right time, he got them to be a little more patient and wait for the story to finish.
With his wry smile, his eye and hand gestures, Bill Cosby showed us how to love the children we bring into the world and raise, sometimes with very tough love. You want to know the difference between a beating and a whoopin’? Go to the show and find out. Now, that our children face a harder economic future and are often graduating to join the unemployed, or returning home to live under our roof again, that love can be put to the test in many ways.
He showed men how to love their female partners–men and women do have their struggles and turf wars in a relationship, but they are a team, even when ‘our’ house becomes ‘her’ house and things get changed with the seasons. We know each other’s looks, voice intonations, and gestures. But, men should not be surprised when women take control of their lives: when we do not change voluntarily, we will be changed.
Bill Cosby also showed that while aging is not easy, it need not be a constant struggle: things like memory or hearing loss are challenges, but they can also prove quite useful :-).
He also showed us how to love our rivals, especially the ones who seem to be with us all our lives and continue to better us in old age as they did in our school days.
More than anything, he showed how to laugh at all of the things around us.
I want to be like Bill when I grow up 🙂