Saturday, November 20, 2010

Just A Pilgrim, Partially Obscured

Pilgrim Partly Hidden by Pole

Sometimes, we feel we deserve the starring role but others just don't seem to agree.  They see us as more of a line filler, hand clapper, turkey trot corps member type.  Oh well, there is still dignity in doing our little part.

The preschool Thanksgiving feast was Thursday, and the four year-olds sang five (!) songs. This was the best picture I could get of Hank in action, without stepping on a lot of Tory Burch flats.

Then Laura came home from school and said that the roles had been assigned for the big fourth-grade Lewis and Clark musical they put on in January.  She was hoping for a big speaking role, or a part with a singing solo.  She does have a lovely singing voice and Lord knows she doesn't mind attention.

So the parts got passed around, and the music teacher asked her to be Sacajawea's understudy.  She was disappointed, because although she wasn't entirely sure what an understudy is, she got that it wasn't like getting the part of Sacajawea.  I said, "Come on, don't you think Sacajawea is the most important part, and that the teacher asking you to the be the understudy means she thinks you're one of the best in the whole group?  She could see that.  And she is looking forward to having to learn Sacajawea's part.

In a show that is performed exactly one time, though, I'm not sure that the understudy has a great chance of getting on.  But as a another mom pointed out to me, it will be cold and flu season.

12 comments:

Mental Momma said...

Tory Burch flats. Just spit a little beer on my Target knock offs. Good stuff.

Keely said...

Hm, understudy for the most important part. A double-edge sword, indeed.

Jenni said...

Oh, that Hank is just as cute. He looks so earnest in this shot.

Nice work with Laura. I'll cross my fingers that someone sneezes on the star.

Michele said...

I like to think that Hank embodies esprit de corps. I mean look at that solemn little face. Precious. Nice save on your part on the understudy thing. I hate to say this but I probably would have said something to the effect that understudy was the gateway drug to stardom. Your way is soooo much better.

Elizabeth said...

When my son Oliver was in the kindergarten Thanksgiving play, he was the husband of the starring woman who had a baby on board the ship. He had no lines, and she had three. He told me afterward that he wanted to throw the baby (a doll) off the ship.

crazylovescompany said...

Should I hope the kid gets a severe case of the flu?

Star said...

How many kids? How many parts? Isn't the point of a school play to give everyone the chance to participate to the best of their ability, in order to give them public speaking experience, and the chance to develop self-esteem? I presume the teacher isn't Federico Fellini, nor that the show is going to be telecast world-wide in prime-time, as a candidate for the world's most important live theater award. Sounds like your daughter and the other female protagonist could have both been star and understudy, sharing half of the performance, switching at a half-time break. Ditto for the other roles, as necessary. Is this a revolutionary thought? P.S., I don't have kids, but I sure remember being one.

delaine said...

I noticed Hank has on his skull and crossbones shirt underneath that Pilgrim collar. Nice touch.

Crystal said...

Loved getting caught up on your blog, it's like a free novel. I think my favorite snippet was Hank wanting to crawl up into your lap while you're driving, too precious.

Messy Mom said...

I feel for Laura :(. Maybe Sacajawea could get a broken leg or something that puts her in the ER where she will receive flowers, candy, and lots of sympathy then Laura can do the part. Everybody wins.

I just realized that might have come across as very Nancy kerrigan, but that is not what I meant!

Amy said...

Messy Mom that is hilarious! :) I am a biased aunt of course, but I think Star has a good idea. Why can't they share it? Petition! Petition!

I know what you mean, though. Why don't others see our children's brilliance as clearly as we do? Like, duh!

Becky said...

Yes, petition! And no, I do not think we are allowed to wish a bad cold or flu on this child star, BUT just know that Laura will be ready to seize the moment if that should happen!