First Public Performance

Last Sunday was my son’s first ‘public performance’. The play club that he goes to had organized for a Spring Carnival and Annual sports meet along with a march past. Needless to say hubby and I were over enthusiastic about the whole thing so were his grandparents. And I missed my Grandpa a lot. When my sisters and I were growing up, he was always most excited and I know if he was alive he would have been million times more thrilled to see his great grandson on the stage. 

Until Friday my son refused to do anything and his facilitator gave me strict instructions not to push him for performance. “He’ll do it if he feels like it, and if he doesn’t, so be it. Even if it means you’ll have to hold on to him on the stage.” But on the day of the event, my son surprised me by declaring that he will sing provided he is on his Favourite Ma’am’s lap. His Ma’am who is an absolute darling readily agreed and held on to him through out. And he did a great job of it. He somehow knew the lyrics of the songs and all the ‘actions’ of the rhymes.

Kudos to all the teachers that they were able to get this done by all the children, some 2+ others barely 3+ with patience, love and affection and absolutely no pressure of performance.


What truly touched my heart was when he came for the march past, holding on to his Ma’am’s hand, searching for his parents’ and grand parents’ face in the crowd. He paused for a second when he spotted his Grandma but was quickly hurdled away. I was choked with emotion. His behavior, however, did not surprise me at the least as I recalled even when I was in high school, I used to get so anxious if I did not see my Grandpa and parents before my performance. Once I remember my dad’s car broke down on his way to my school and I was so upset that my folks missed seeing me on stage. Some habits stay with us forever.

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  1. Khushi

    Beautiful post Indrani. Congrats to your son! I am so glad that he asked to sit on his teachers lap – you know, I place a lot of value in asking for what you need to get the job done. I am happy he is learning that. I am also impressed the teachers did not push them at all.

  2. Sarmila

    good post,, congratulations to your little one!!

  3. Tana

    Indrani, I can only imagine your pride. It’s great to hear of wonderful teachers – I think they make us what we are, just as much as parents do.

  4. Tana

    Indrani, I can only imagine your pride and joy. It’s also great to hear about wonderful teachers – I think that they (as much as parents) make us who we are.

  5. Indrani

    Dear Khushi, Sarmila & Tana

    You bet, I was a very proud mom. It was indeed a very heart warming moment for me. His Play club is a blessing for both of us. He enjoys going to his ‘school’ as he likes to call it and I enjoy just watching him being there. Thanks a lot for all your comments.

  6. Anonymous

    I forgot to comment here. Very good writing.

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