I’m going straight to you know where

December 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm 9 comments

     We suffered through the school Christmas pageant last week; happily it wasn’t as painful as I expected it to be. There was definitely no Santa – far too pagan – but there were some familiar Christmas carols coupled with the seriously uncomfortable older kids playing Mary and Joseph with their plastic baby Jesus. C dutifully rehearsed his two lines (he was one of many narrators) and was all ready to speak them slowly into the microphone. “With sheep, cattle, and a manger,” he read, “baby Jesus arrived on a very special night.”

     It was all very sweet and good. But I miss the days when school plays were more entertaining – when some kid knocked over the set, sat down and cried, or stole the show. C’s kindergarten play was priceless. C was a pumpkin in a garden full of vegetables. He hated the hat he had to wear (sensory issues), and try as she might, his teacher could not get him to keep it on. He spent the entire play tipping forward, letting his hat fall, and then picking it up, putting it on, and starting all over again. It was hilarious. At the end of the play, C got stuck in front of the curtain and laughed with a joy and abandon that will forever make that video one of my favorite treasures.

     When I listened to C rehearse his lines for this year’s play and discovered his mistake, I admit to not working too hard to correct it. I probably should have; the mistake was irreverent in its tone, but the innocence of the misspeak was too cute to worry over. We let it go. To draw attention to it probably would have given C a self-consciousness he rarely exhibits, and we didn’t want to stifle any of his enthusiasm. So we held our breath when C proudly got up to the microphone and said, “With sheep, cattle, and a MANAGER, baby Jesus arrived on a very special night.”

     Honestly? I don’t think anyone really noticed. Everyone was so focused on watching their own kid I don’t think people really listened to everyone else’s. But Husband and I chuckled and reveled in the return to the joy that should be a school play. Complete with sheep, cattle, baby Jesus, and his own special manager.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. akbutler  |  December 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I love it. And if you’re traveling in a hand basket, I’ll travel with you, smiling all the way.

  • 2. Fi (Wonderfully Wired Mum)  |  December 12, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    And those are the precious moments that I cherish. Good on you C! Well done!

  • 3. Trevor Esch (@TrevorEats)  |  December 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    oh man, you’re doomed

  • 4. robinaltman  |  December 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    It’s lucky that Baby Jesus had a good manager. It must have been tough keeping all those knew Christians in line.

  • 5. Gavin Bollard  |  December 12, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Way to go. I don’t see why everything has to be perfect when cuteness is an option. One year at the Christmas concert, my son mixed up the last few letters so that it said Merry Christasm.

    You could see him peering over the letters trying to work it out and then struggling with someone as they tried to pull letters off him.

    We bought the video of the event because it was a priceless moment and they edited it out…. (grrr… perfectionists!)

  • 6. Lizbeth  |  December 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Oh I love this!!!! And really there is nothing better than having the kids do something unexpected or just be themselves. It’s perfect.

  • 7. Kim  |  December 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    So cute!

  • 8. Ann Kilter  |  December 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    We always tried to make arrangements so that our son would stand next to some other children and not be free to spin around or look at the lights. We were not always successful.

  • 9. Maddy  |  January 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    We’re in Middle School now so no school play, but for the last one he performed brilliantly – eyes shut – worked for him and worked for us.


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