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Monday, July 28, 2008

Proud

Yesterday at church we had a special musical number during Sacrament meeting. Not just any ordinary special musical number, either. It was truly special.

Because it was my kids. And my husband. Also, the Bishop and his two daughters, Chloe and Brianna (I did not make that up. That is true fact. Yes, we had Chloe, Chloe, Bria and Brianna singing. But the Bishop's name is not Joel, just in case you were wondering.) They sang "A Child's Prayer," and it had the congregation in tears, I understand. I'm not really sure, since I was stuck playing the piano and didn't really get to see it. Or hear it, for that matter.

Bria hasn't been too hip on the whole idea for the entire two weeks we knew about it. In fact, during the times we rehearsed she would stand in the furthest possible corner from the piano and just look traumatized. I told her she didn't have to sing if she didn't want to, but just in case she thought she might, I bribed her with ice cream anyway.

Well, she agreed to sing (cue the Hallelujah Chorus here), but she had some terms. As she was getting out of the car to go into church she said, "I will sing but you are not allowed to be proud of me, or smile at me, or give me any compliments." I gave her my word, and so did Joel. Absolutely no smiling, complimenting, or being proud. She reminded me of the agreement in a fierce whisper that I'm sure the entire congregation heard as we all came down from the stand after it was all over: "Don't smile, Mom!"

But, I needed no reminders because I lived up to my word. After Sacrament meeting was over, I turned to Bria and said, "Thank you for singing. I'm not proud of you and I won't tell you that you did a good job," with the straightest, non-smilingest visage I could muster.

A strange look crossed her face, she thought for a moment and finally answered, "Well.....you can be proud of me. Just NO compliments."

I'll take what I can get.

15 comments :

  1. Hmmmm, where did she get this, huh? Sounds like, like mother like daughter thing. This is sooo cute! I AM SO PROUD OF HER!!! But no compliments, wish I heard it though.

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  2. I love that song, I sing it all the time to my kids.
    you can tell them that I'm proud of them.

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  3. I really enjoyed it. I also love that song. There is something special about children doing musical numbers it always gets me emotional.

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  4. But no compliments! That girl cracks me up! She is so funny! Wish I could have heard - I'm sure it was beautiful!

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  5. Wow! Kids sure teach us a thing or two. I am in primary now, and I am trying to understand these kids a little better. It sounds like maybe I should give up now?

    Just kidding. They are all so different. I'm loving working with the kids!

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  6. i wish i was still in the ward to hear it. I bet is was WONDERFUL! That is really funny about Bria.. She is one independent babe!

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  7. Bria just cracks me up with her "no compliment policy." Funny with the names too.

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  8. That is a crack-up!! Good for her for doing it. Wish I could of heard it:)

    Love the pics of Sophie too!

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  9. This reminds me of playing taboo and performance is the word to guess without using the taboo words: proud, good job, smile. Good luck with that! Glad she finally broke down and didn't buzz you afterall.

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  10. I can only imagine how great they did!

    I love her response at the end. Love it!

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  11. Thanks for the laugh! Bria is a crack-up (but don't let here know I said that!)

    My youngest brother was like that. We weren't allowed to say he was cute, or tell stories about him, or draw attention to him in any way. It was really hard. I think you're doing a lot better job than we did.

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  12. How fun to see your family perform together. Bria sounds a lot like me! LOL

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  13. Oh my goodness! I thought REED was the only one who pointedly asks for me to NOT smile!! He also says, "Mom, please don't cry when you smile. It makes me smile and cry, too."

    I bet it was gorgeous. Wish I could've heard it.

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  14. I love it when kids do stuff in sacrament. The spirit is so strong. I can only imagine how amazing it was. And I would have been busting at the seems proud. I'm sure it was GORGEOUS!

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  15. Well, it's a good thing you can be a semi-cool mother and not get all worked up about these types of things..... ;)

    I'm sure it was a great number. :)

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