December 23

Tonight the children at Redeemer┬áhad their Christmas program. When I asked Simon if he wanted to have a speaking part, he said, “No, thank you.” How about just singing with the other kids? “No, thank you.” How about Ian? A polite “no thank-you” from him too. I knew it wouldn’t be worth it to push, but we showed up before church for the rehearsal anyway, thinking they might see their friends having a great time and want to join in. Right?

Yeah. So I took this picture shortly after Simon was told he wouldn’t be able to stand by his friend Josh. What a fine meltdown it was. (Actually, looking through the pics I snapped kind of breaks my heart and makes me giggle in equal parts. He was genuinely disappointed and so dramatically glowery.)

DPP pics from past years: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011


I’m right there with you, sister. Except this year we didn’t even rehearse.

While I’m game for being a patient and understanding mother, I also wonder if kids in our generation were even *allowed* to opt out. What is this opting out business? Geesh! At any rate, I enjoyed our Redeemer chilluns. Those kids were so cute tonight!

Lynnette Foster · December 24, 2012, 7:01pm

Standing by your friend is much more fun and comforting. Most kids are scared other than the 4 or 5 that love the limelight. Maybe next time.