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Ode to the National by Rakshita Patel
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly
I fell in love with you the day I walked through your doors for the first time. That was in 1989. You were so welcoming. You made me feel right at home. You had me at "Hello". I was a 19 year old student and you were one of the first London theatres I visited.

I keep coming back to you year after year and I now find that it has been over 20 years that we have been together. I love you truly, madly, deeply. You are buried deep in my heart. I walk through your doors and I am walking on sunshine. You make me happy. You fill me with joy. You are my safe haven. I love you. There are far too many great times I have had with you over the years to individually catalogue them all, but you have brought me so much joy and pleasure over the years that I will be eternally grateful to you.

This is actually so hard for me to write because I am shaking and choking with emotion just thinking about you, and the effect that you have on me.

And I am coming to see you tomorrow - hell, as you know, I pretty much come to see you every day of the week!!!

I am in awe of you. I respect you. You never let me down and you always blow me away. I am so sorry that I am totally and utterly incapable of expressing in words what you mean to me. But you are in my heart. And you know full well what you mean to me so I guess I don't have to explain any further.

To my beloved safe haven, my sparkling red ruby on the South Bank, you are the best thing that ever happened to me (bar my husband of course!!!). I worship at your altar.

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You were discovering the National Theatre just around the time that I was preparing to leave London after having lived and worked there as a single woman for all of my twenties. :-) My husband swears that we saw something together there before we were married, but neither of us can remember what! (Although I do remember being taken to the Lyttelton on a date by somebody else...) Now, however, I am rediscovering the place with joy, in reality and online. I can truly understand why you feel passionate about it. I'm really looking forward to my next trip there with my nineteen year old daughter in a couple of weeks' time. And we're going to do a backstage tour before the matinée. I know that she's going to love it too.

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