Earlier this week, Gavin had his first Christmas program at daycare. I was informed by the daycare director that it would be the "cutest six minutes" I've ever experienced. Afterwards, there would be punch and cookies, and all of the children would get to sit on Santa's lap. For weeks, they had been practicing songs during music time. I would occasionally hear Gavin reciting "The Chubby Little Snowman" and "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas." Even though we live almost an hour away from daycare, there was no way we weren't going.
Even though Gavin fell asleep on the car ride there (and woke up a wee bit on the cranky side), he seemed in a relatively good mood when we got to daycare. We dropped him off with his preschool friends and teachers and took our seats. I was a little nervous for him, curious about how he would do in front of all of those people, and I secretly hoped it would go much better than soccer class did the first few times.
The teachers brought the children out one-by-one, and when it was Gavin's turn, he was full of smiles. He went to his spot and stood their quietly while the rest of the kids came out. I thought, "Hey, this might actually go well!"
Here is a short video clip of the very first song that they did. As you can see, it started out well . . .
Even though he was mouthing the words, he was doing all the motions and participating . . . until the last ten seconds. The next five songs looked exactly like the last ten seconds of the video - Gavin's hands covering his mouth the entire time. He wouldn't sing, just sat there with his hands covering most of his face.
I'm not sure where things went wrong, but I am thankful because things could have been a lot worse. He could have been the kid that:
- rolled around on the floor behind all the other children as they were singing.
- was crying so hard that his mom had to come get him off of the stage.
- picked his nose the entire time.
After it was over, I asked Gavin why he didn't sing. His response: "Because I was tired of singing, Mommy." Oh, okay then.
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