I got to the school before classes let out, and waited for her right outside of her classroom. She saw me through the window, a huge smile and wave, MOM!
As soon as she was excused from class we hurried to the girls bathroom and I gave her the bag with her costume. Bright orange shirt and purple leggings. I had sewn fins onto some fingerless gloves. She was so excited, she was ready in a flash!
We hurried toward the auditorium, and she turned to me,
Mom, I think I could cry!
Yes! I have to fight the tears back because I’m so excited!
Last fall, she started the after school drama class. She had fun, sure. But on performance day, she had been more nervous than anything. She was a little scared and during the performance she held back quite a bit.
Today, she was just beaming! I loved seeing her so happy!
She wasn’t a main character. Part of a group of humming-fish that shared lines. But at one part she got to run to the front and she was most excited about that. She had raised her hand first for that privilege. A big change from last fall when she just wanted to blend in.
But I think my favorite part was when they took their bows. She was so proud of herself.
She wants to do drama camp this summer. And sign up again for next fall after school.
The confidence she had in herself today made my heart swell.