Disappointed But Dignified
The kids had their audition today for The Wizard of Oz, and unfortunately they didn’t get a part. The way the audition was organized meant that all the children were gathered at the end of the day and the names of the lucky few, who were invited to a second audition, were read out. I don’t actually believe this is the best way of doing things; being in a group of approximately 50 kids ranging in age from 7 to 16, who have all pinned their hopes on being a part of the performance, and over half not hearing their name read out, is actually a very upsetting experience. I was pretty teary myself, and I hadn’t even auditioned! I must say though, that my children so impressed me today. Despite their disappointment, they conducted themselves with great dignity. They congratulated the kids who had made it through to the next stage of the selection process, shrugged their shoulders and said, “At least we had fun”. It’s at times like this that makes me realise that my children have so much to teach me. Although they were obviously disappointed, they managed to push it to one side and see the best in the situation; they weren’t going to spend any time more than necessary wallowing in self-pity. We decided that, as a reward for the way in which they had conducted themselves, we would take them out for a nice meal. We’re just back from the local Thai restaurant tired but happy, and tomorrow I know they’ll be ready for the next of life’s surprises.