In my own head I was not going to post anything new until the night before Christmas.Â Then I went to the Devil’s holiday show.Â We knew that nothing good could come from a show in which my boy was expected to perform.Â For the last week we’ve been trying to mentally prepare the little grouch for today and we thought it was working.Â “Devin, we can’t wait to see you sing and dance at the holiday show.”Â “Devin, on Thursday Mommy and Daddy will watch you perform all the great songs you’ve learned.”Â “Devin we can’t wait to see you sing and dance!”Â Blah, blah, blah.Â We thought he was ready.Â Apparently you can never be ready to perform in front of a crowd of strangers when you’re my son.Â
My wife and I are off this week, so we figured we’d bring him in late just for the party.Â I actually asked the teacher if this was a good idea and she said it was fine.Â Big mistake.Â We walked in at 3:30Â to find all the kids seated and ready to start the show.Â Â For some reason my son is kind of popular and whenever he entersÂ his class he’s greeted like Norm fromÂ Cheers by his classmates (“Devin!”).Â This time it was hisÂ peeps and a bunch of parents.Â Devin fell into his usual “I hate you all” mode and acted like he didn’t wantÂ to be there.Â Â Maybe it’s shyness.Â Only his favorite teacher was able to coax him into his chair on the makeshift stageÂ with the others.Â
OnceÂ my boyÂ took his place he folded his arms and scowled at the crowd.Â The show started.Â The scowling continued.Â The kids sang, most of them anyway (the ones not picking their noses, staring blankly at the ceiling, crying, etc.), and he kept busy by scowling.Â Scowling.Â Still scowling.Â MoreÂ scowling.Â And even more scowling.Â Â Then the kidsÂ started a holiday train of some kindÂ with a dab of hip shaking, which madeÂ the boyÂ crack a smile.Â He’s ALIVE!Â He sangÂ the last three or fourÂ songs and evenÂ managed to look like he was having fun.Â
This whole family man thing is bizarre, and on occasion disgustingly fun.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Are you sure Devin and my eldest aren’t some sort of cosmic twins? At our first preschool performance last year we tried and encouraged for weeks, even offering bribes. Not only did he get up on stage and scowl the whole time, he then refused to stand at all and spent the rest of the time sitting in a teacher’s lap. I hope you got some good video of your little performer’s theatrical debut 🙂
I’m with Yolanda. I would love to see your little one’s performance. Once he perked up, I bet it was adorable.
A great blog my brother.. on the positive tip!
You mean he didn’t pick his nose? That would have been THE ultimate cap for the night. About your cheers comment….. I could see him walking in the room to a greeting only to offer a cold shoulder. Too funny.
I got here via Mad Flavor’s blog. You have a good blogroll too. I’ll have to visit some of those.
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