Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Kindergartners on Stage

Thursday was the kindergarten Christmas performance, and I am proud to say that the kids did not disappoint. On the contrary, I was amazed at just how good they were! Of course, Harry went bonkers on stage and at one point tried to knock Issac off balance while he was dancing, but that was to be expected. Harry's a little monster, and one should expect nothing less from him. I'm just glad that he restrained his "ad-libbing" as much as he did!

The little cuties did ten numbers, featuring various costumes. Afterwards, several of the mommies wanted pictures of me with their kids, which was fine by me. I was surprised to receive a long-stemmed red rose from one student and a gorgeous bouquet of pink roses from another. Apparently, being a teacher has even more benefits than I knew!

After the performance, Cate took all of us out for a delicious pork dinner and drinks. As usual, I enjoyed the chance to spend time outside of school with my co-workers (they are really nice, interesting people).

Photos from the performance:

Most of the balloons that you see on stage (about twenty of them) were blown up by me on Wednesday, when I had a migraine and was doped up on pain meds. Talk about feeling light-headed!

Liz and Erin (both 6 years old) in their show-stopping routine, "Nobody":

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"