If you are a regular reader you may recall my post 5 Things that Happened at the Nursery Nativity when Little Man striped to his pants and sulked about not wanting to do it. One year on and he has moved from nursery to pre-school. When the script came with his lines and songs for the nativity I have to say I did wonder what I would be faced with on show day! In a non traditional role as a spaceman he was very proud of his role and getting the chance to sing about visiting the moon in his spaceship. He practiced his songs and learnt his lines and I was already super proud. However, his teacher expressed a slight concern about whether he would do it on the day. There was also an issue with costumes. I ended up agreeing with his teacher that he wouldn’t wear one as we didn’t want that to be the reason he didn’t do it. I will say at this point the preschool Little Man is at has done wonders for his confidence. Over this last term his confidence has grown and grown but you just never know with 4 year olds do you?
Along with all the other eager parents we piled into the tiny classroom and awaited the start of the show. The start of the show which was opened…by my boy! He stood there at the front, winked at me (he winked at me!!) and said his first line and sang his song with another little one. My eyes filled up, I was so proud. All through the performance he stood tall and sang his little heart out. He even managed to throw a little comedy in when he was pulling his little friend on a cardboard rocket which had turned into a sleigh and fell over. At this point I thought it was all over as he has a tendency to get a little embarrassed but instead he got up and said ‘ I am really strong’ and carried on. Cue the ‘awwww’s’ from the other parents. ‘That’s my boy’ I wanted to shout ‘ He would never have done that this time last year’. He clapped himself at the end and eagerly bounced over to us at the end. Proud doesn’t even come close. Admittedly there was a little nose picking during Away in the Manger and at one point he asked the audience if they would like to see him pull a funny face but wow, the change in him is immense.
So, my point to this post? Never underestimate a 4 year old. They will always surprise you!!
Apologies for the lack of photos in this post but as you can imagine they all have other children in.