Studley has been forsaken by his A#1 Stalker.
A#1, a four-year-old girl, has spent a good percentage of her life stalking Studley. She has to sit next to him at school, cannot be in the pool unless she's near him and Freaks Out if he is out of her immediate sight. Until recently.
A week or so ago, A#1 started taking violin lessons. And then she took a group lesson and discovered that a little boy at her school, an older boy, also takes violin lessons. Older Boy has been taking lessons for a year and is a virtuoso. A#1 has shifted her sights, and has Older Boy on her radar. She sits with him at school. She eats with him. She pitches a mighty fit if someone sits between her and Older Boy. Studley, who was fairly "yeah, whatever" about her before, has been reported to stand around looking at the new couple balefully.
Poor little dude.
I was thinking of A#1 because Sugarplum and I went to see Philippe Quint play Mendelssohn's violin concerto (in E minor, Op. 64, if you must know). He was ridiculously good. If A#1 had been there, I thought, she would have sobbed like that girl at the Beatles concert and then thrown herself onto the stage. "Philippe Quint, I loooooooooove yooooooooou....." would have echoed through the hall as she was carried away over the shoulder of a security guard, her sparkle-shoed feet thrashing wildly. It would have been completely awesome and for a moment I wished I had left Sugarplum at home and taken A#1.
Being a Mendelssohn program, the concerto was followed by A Midsummer Night's Dream. This particular performance featured actors from The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, who I imagine were watching Quint from backstage and saying something along the lines of "oh, crap." They gathered their wits nicely and stole the second half of the show.
As I watched Titania, Oberon and Puck do their thing, I thought about Sugarplum, Studley, and A#1 Stalker. There will be girlfriends. There will be boyfriends. There will be heartbreak. There is a good possibility that one or all of them will fall in love with an ass - though hopefully not for long. And in their own good time, they will all live happily ever after.