Bend In The Branch

The personal opinions of one among many.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

My Girl's Gumption

Last year, without telling me until all was said and done, the kid auditioned for a lead role in a dance performance and earned the part.

Sadly, due to time restraints, the performance was cut from the production.

She was so disappointed and so discouraged, I was left with the impression that my words of encouragement and praise fell on deaf ears...until tonight.

Just as I knew of the previous audition, I've known of another for two weeks. This one is for a part in the Sumter Civic Dance Company's annual Christmas production.

Not wanting to be a "Stage Mom", and always wanting to give the kid room to make some decisions for herself, I said nothing then, and I've said nothing about the newly posted audition.

Tonight, the kid told me that a friend wanted her to audition with her.

I told the kid if she wanted to try for the part, she should do so for herself, not for her friend.

"But I have to be in Sumter at 3:30 Tuesday", she said.

"If you want to audition, I will make sure you are there", I said.

"I want to", she said.

So she shall, and she will do so knowing I am here for her, and I am so proud of her for her picking herself up, brushing herself off, and trying again!


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