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Monday, May 23, 2011

Theater Camp: Of Course!

For the past few Saturday afternoons, Lucy has attended Civic Theater Camp. She has been asking if she could be in another play since 101 Dalmations wrapped up at the end of January so I thought this would be fun for her.

In theory, it was everything that Lucy has (in the past) NOT enjoyed:
1. No kids from her school were participating.
2. New location.
3. I couldn't really prep her for what she would do (wasn't sure myself).

What she did was:
1. Always act excited to go and always excited to report back when it was over.
2. Never once acted anxious about the experience.
3. Spontaneously told me she was sad it was over (after her little show on Saturday afternoon).

This experience just FELT different than swimming and soccer and other activities she has half-heartedly tried and not truly enjoyed. No anxious questions leading up to it, no tears, no "I need a buddy" comments. It was 100% her and it felt really good to me to know she just genuinely loved it.

Her kind, young and fun theater teacher gave out "reviews" to each student at the end of the show. Comments included, "Lucy has a great future in theater! So glad she is doing summer camp!" and "She has a great spirit! Kind and respectful to others."

I remembered when I felt this happy for her and proud. It was watching her perform in January! A future in theater may be exactly right!


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I'm a 39 year old stay-at-home mom. I have a 9 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. I have lived in the big city and in the mountains, but am happy to be back in the Midwest, raising the fam. I enjoy laughing, wine, bad karaoke, US Weekly, running, cemetaries, cheese sticks and short hair-dos. In my previous life, I was class-clown and a wanna-be comedian. In my professional life, I'm a journalism major with 10 years of marketing and PR experience. I dream of being a cast member on Saturday Night Live and working at Disney World as Snow White.

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