My munch is in the first grade and decided that he would like to participate in the PTSA’s Annual Black History Month program. The conversation about participation went like this…
Me: Munch, would you like to participate in the black history month program at school?
Munch: What does participate mean?
Me: You get to stand on the stage and recite facts about someone who is black.
Me: Are you sure munch?
Me: How about we talk about Nelson Mandela? You seem to be fascinated about his life and the fact that he’s dead.
Munch: Okay, mommy. You know Nelson Mandela died because he was old and sick right?
Me: Let’s work on this program.
As I sat there helping him work on reciting “Seven Facts About Nelson Mandela” I started to get nervous. I prayed and relaxed. I told myself that it’s okay and to go with the flow.
But, in his performance last night I realized the following:
- He’s 6. He can remember a paragraph in 3 days. Wow!
- This is his first solo performance. No back-up of other children on stage. All him and he owned the stage. Go munch!
- He can’t fill 3 minutes. Next, we will work on public speaking and presence on stage. I will pull out my Toastmasters manual to help my munch.
- He will make mistakes and it’s okay. Even our President makes mistakes. It’s life. He talked really fast. He gets it from me though. LOL!
- He will forget something. He forgot a line, but he is the only one who didn’t use a paper to read about his character. Again, 3 days folks!
- We may need to go back to speech therapy. I truly couldn’t understand some of what he was saying. Is that a lisp?
- I was truly proud of him because he’s smart as a whip and he showed real courage by standing on a stage reciting seven facts that he learned in three days with a crazy mom pushing him. For that, I’m truly honored to just be his mommy.
Even though I was like a maniac helping him to rehearse (I cut story time each night to focus on reciting and memorizing) he loved me in spite of my persistence. However, his dad did ask me to ease up on him because I was acting like one of the women on Dance Moms. I’m sure that wasn’t meant as a compliment, so I relaxed and was excited to see that he was #3 in the program. No time for nerves, munch. Let’s do it!
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