Thursday, May 9, 2013

The 3rd Time Is (still not) the Charm

Rachel had her annual Spring Sing music concert tonight.  She has been talking about it for weeks.  We have heard every song dozens of times.  She stood in the living the room the other night and ran through the entire performance for Grandma and Grandpa.  But for Rachel, the idea of a concert and the actual reality are two entirely different things.

When she was 3, Rachel stood with her hands in her pockets and stared at the audience.  For the entire concert.

When she was 4, Rachel stood with her fingers in her mouth for the first half of the concert and finally sang part of the last two songs.

When she was 5, Rachel started out okay.  She paraded through the gym with her classmates.
She walked through the school cutout and even gave a little smile.
But then the singing began.  And she got scared.
Oh, she sang.  Just very, very quietly.
And she did the actions.  Just very small.  And she was not happy about it.
No matter how much she loves a song (and she LOVES some of these) she just can't let loose and sing in front of a crowd.
But I'll love her all the same.

There is a certain irony in my children.  I have one girl who is quiet and kind of shy and often won't answer when people she knows tell her "hi".  But put her on stage and she shines.  She has no problem singing and dancing and acting in front of a crowd.  I have one girl who is outgoing and wildly social and happily talks to total strangers.  But when she has to perform in front of an audience she completely shuts down.  Neither one acts in the way you'd imagine!

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