My little girl was in her very first nativity play last week. She had a main part, with several lines to learn, as well as all of the songs, complete with actions, of course. She wouldn’t rehearse with me, though her teacher assured me she was doing well, so I was hopeful all would be OK on the day! She’d been off school for the two days prior, so I was a bit worried she might not still be 100% and that would put her off. I was a bundle of nerves for her on the day, though she appeared to be absolutely fine.
We arrived to a packed hall. It was a nativity play put on by the two-form reception and the attached nursery, so around 100 children, and it was a case of anyone could go along, so plenty of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and more were there. Then the children streamed in and settled down ready for the show to begin….
Boo owned that stage! Owned it, I tell you! Yes, I’m a proud mum, yes I think my daughter’s the most amazing creature ever so am biased, but she really was the star of the show! She was centre stage for the majority of the performance, and she had a lot of lines. I was surprised actually how much she did have to do, considering she’s just 5, and she didn’t miss a cue or a dance move. Other parents were coming over to me afterwards saying how brilliant she was, and a lady next to my mum commented to her ‘look how good that little girl is’ – yes, she’s mine, thank you so much. Even the next morning, parents I’d not chatted with before were coming to tell me how impressed they were, and of course, Boo took it all in her stride. One of the mum’s commented that it was just as though she was acting it out in her bedroom, she was so unconcerned by her onlookers.
She was relaxed and enjoyed every minute of it. It’s in moments like these that I look at my daughter in awe and wonder. I created her, I’ve nurtured her, and yet somehow this has nothing to do with me. She didn’t need my help learning the lines, she hasn’t inherited any ‘performing genes’ from us, that’s for sure, and the confidence and exuberance she has in spades seems to just be innately Boo. I’m very proud of her, and I look forward to continuing to see her flourish and her independence grow. Who knows what she’ll do next!