I know, I know. You’re sick of me writing about my kids performing. You’re tired of watching me grapple with the stage-mother within. Still, I have two things to say.
1. This is the face of victory. The director wanted her to own the stage as the Queen of Hearts in Alice: A New Musical. She did. She performed last week at Edmund Town Hall in Newtown, CT.
2. Now that my oldest has slayed her dragons, she’s thinking about taking a break from performing to pursue other interests. She wants to change the world, and although the stage is one way to do that, she feels that she gets far too wrapped up in the selfish side of being a performer.
Parenting is full of surprises. And this particular turn of events says so much to me about what is happening here.
She’s growing up.
She’s learning to choose her path with care.
Where ever that path takes her next, I will be there in the audience, teary-eyed as usual, cheering her on.