“I am the entertainer
And I know you where to stand
And another long-haired band
Today I am your champion
I may have won your hearts
But I know the game, you’ll forget my name
And I won’t be here in another year
If I don’t stay on the charts.” (Billy Joel, The Entertainer)
Most on here know, that out of my two children, Lily is my entertainer, my comedian of sorts.
In our home, she has one volume and that is loud.
She is in essence comfortable with us and never seems to let us down as far as the minute, day, hour, week, month or even year.
Recently, Lily had her pre-school end of the year show (the school year here in NY isn’t over by far with pretty much another month still left on the calendar, but the show definitely proves the year is indeed winding down).
We went the weekend before and picked out her costume. The show’s theme was the circus and Lily was one of the tight rope walkers, which had to wear a tutu and dress like a ballerina. I took her specially just the two of us to the Disney store, where I had a $50 rewards certificate to look at the pink princess tutus.
Excited was an understatement for my little princess. She picked out this adorable pink tutu with Belle and Rapunzel on it (with two princesses, yes I am versed in Disney Princesses quite well!).
As soon as we got home, she made me help her try it on and couldn’t wait for the show to wear it.
The day of the show was one of the rainiest days we have had, but that didn’t stop her from wearing her tutu with pride, as well as the show from going on.
What did surprise me is how shy Lily is her little classroom setting.
I am not trying to put anyone down here, but I would think by the end of the year, her teachers would have her out of her shell, especially the fact that she has never been shy around us. I know she is comfortable around us, but still once she usually gets to know someone timid or meek she truly isn’t, but still almost 9 months in this class and she definitely wasn’t her usual, comfortable Lily at ease with her teachers or classmates.
Maybe it was the fact that there was a lot of people there. Don’t get me wrong she did her performance, but I know my child and she was definitely much more quiet and reserved then she ever has been.
There were a few other things I was taken aback by like how there was quite a few songs to be introduced and how only the same two classmates were picked to indeed introduce them to the crowd. I guess her teachers didn’t feel she or other kids would be comfortable speaking up.
Now I know I might sound like an over protective mom here and might also be a bit biased. Trust me, it is possible and won’t deny that in the least, but I did teach int he past and even was responsible for a pre-school show in the summertime (my summer teaching job before having my own children).
During this show, I had to choreograph, I always made sure all my kids had a part and no child had more of a part then another.
So, I couldn’t help, but think that more could have been done not only for my daughter, but all the kids in her class and not just include the same two kids each time.
I do respect the teacher’s decision though and yet can’t help, but be happy that I have recently registered Lily in a different pre-school for her second and final year of pre-school, because I am truly hoping to see her come out of shell more in school in the right setting as far as her personality goes.
Again, just my feelings as a mom, I suppose, but still don’t get me wrong I very much enjoyed the show and was so proud of Lily for her part in it, as well as just the fact that she has made in through her first year of pre-school learning so much and can pretty much count to twenty, knows all her letters, know how to cut and even writes her name now.
And now I thought, I would leave you with a bit of a photo bomb from Lily’s pre-school circus show. Most of these pictures have been edited and have tried to not include the faces of any kids or others that I didn’t have permission to do so. So, most are of Lily, My Entertainer, in different positions and such. But still couldn’t help, but want to share as a proud mama would.
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