I am not one of those Mum’s that boasts about her kids or talks about them non-stop to anyone who will listen…..
It’s not that I don’t possess a heart, it’s simply that the achievements I get excited about could be rather bizarre in other people’s eyes so most of the time I keep them to myself.
I know, I know, I should be concerned with homework and grades and chain my kids to their desks and not feed them until they finish that assignments BUT I am not authoritarian. Infact I positively encourage my kids to question (nicely) and not blindly obey……. I encourage them to express themselves.
Over the past couple of years I have seen my children become a little wilder, occasionally a little unruly but mostly they have blossomed to become expressive, demonstrative, loving and BURSTING with weird creativity … I am blessed to have kids at 22, 18 and 13 who still come to me for hugs and cuddles, who pat me on the head and giggle (because now I am the shortest in the family).
My son (Hobbit Josh) just 4 years ago was very shy and had quite a bad speech impediment at times (stutter). He didn’t speak up much and even in the house he would get frustrated when he tried to communicate.
When he announced that he was going to join the drama club at New Germany Rural High School I was pleased but quite shocked…. he was shy, he stuttered, he was so laid back he was horizontal. I didn’t think he’d stick with it despite his love of literature, poetry and movies. But he did…..
He found his voice on stage, learning lines and standing up to read them seemed to help his stutter instead of hinder it! He grew in confidence, he made friends, he blossomed slowly and as the years passed I watched him on stage in awe, looking so confident, so happy and knew he had found himself….
So this blog today is dedicated to my son Josh who performed in his last school play on Saturday May 7, 2011. I know of all the things he will really miss Drama will be one of them…
Hester Gibson, the wonderfully dedicated drama teacher at NGRHS spoke some well chosen words to Josh after the play (I have enclosed movie clip above)…. these words he will take away with him and always remember them for the rest of his life….
So for once I am boasting about my children, how proud I am of them with their drama achievements, their commitment and determination and how they are always trying hard to be the very best they can be.
Well done Josh well done Em!