37 thoughts on “The Recital

  1. I’m not a fan of dresses or that sort of dancing, so if I was plonked up on stage like that, I know I would be grouching!

  2. I have to admit I’m a little jealous of people who are brave – or obstinate or just ornery – enough to follow their real feelings in situations like this!

    1. I know what you mean! She didn’t want to perform and she didn’t. She might have made the recital a little less perfect, but at least she made it memorable, I hope?

  3. I remember one occasion when I was little when my brothers and cousins were all meeting and getting pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and I basically did this the whole time.

  4. haha! My daughter tends to do this with most events in life. Except dancing. That is the one thing she loves to do. Last night at my college graduation I looked up in the stands and there she was, pouting back at me as usual, all grump.

  5. This is great. It’s exactly how I felt for my recitals but instead I ended up going through the movements and messing up royally. Love the details in this one!

  6. When I was in acting training, studying musical comedy, we were told that the one person who was off beat or doing the wrong moves would be the one everybody noticed. It’s absolutely true. I remember reading that Goldie Hawn used that to her advantage throughout her early career. Obviously this kid was a star in the making!

  7. Nicki, what was going on here? Were you forced to take dance classes against your will, or did you want to dance, but not want to do the recital?

  8. Yep, that was me through all of my childhood dance recitals. Except my costumes had sequins and tulle, and I had to wear giant feathers in my hair. *shudder*

    1. Did you ever tell your parents you didn’t want to do the dance recitals? I mean, I totally understand if they didn’t listen–my dad forced me to play golf off and on from ages six to fourteen, and whenever I said I didn’t like it, he said that I “hadn’t given it enough of a chance.” Finally, after a disastrous experience with a girls’ scramble league (my mom actually ended up coaching my team), I was finally allowed to quit, after my mom put her foot down and told my dad that no, I really don’t like golf. Aside from glow-in-the-dark mini golf, I haven’t played since.

  9. Just like at every kindergarten Christmas pageant, the kid goofing off over in the corner gets all the attention. Love the curtain going down on her grump – you’re really techno!

    1. I don’t think it’s really fair to force a child to dance/sing/act/play a musical instrument or a sport, if that child has clearly said that he or she doesn’t want to do it.

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