Second of all, thanks for putting up with all my mommy bragging about Chloe in the last week, especially if you are my Facebook friend. Indeed, I am a very proud Mama, and have felt the need to talk about it. A lot. But, you may not know that Chloe is not the only child of mine who has been in a musical in recent times. Bria was in one, too. And it might be possible that I am even more proud of what Bria did than I am of Chloe, simply because it was so hard for her, and yet she did it anyway.
When Bria got her 5th grade teacher assignment last summer, she was a little unsure for two reasons. First, her new teacher had a reputation for giving lots of homework (which hasn't turned out to be so bad), and second, her new teacher is famous for putting on a class musical each year and Bria wanted absolutely no part of such a production. She has worried about it all year long and last month, it became a reality.
One day, she came home and mentioned that she had tried to sing a solo during the rehearsal and couldn't get through it and started crying. She was so embarrassed. I mistakenly thought that she had tried out for the part and was so proud of her for even trying, and told her as much.
A few days later, her teacher emailed me and told me that Bria had been given that part because she has such a lovely voice (she does!) but that she was worried that she was causing her extra anxiety and didn't want to force her to do it if it was going to be terrified. My mom was in town at the time and talked with her. I talked with her. Joel talked with her. We all could tell that she really WANTED to do it, but she was just scared out of her mind. But she wanted to try.
And she did.
Because Heaven knows, I have plenty of my own fears to overcome.