This year has certainly had its ups and downs and now things are looking up and the future is bright its been a magical time on the run up to Christmas with Joshua and all the firsts he is experiencing in his reception year at primary school and the biggest joy for me has to be the School nativity.
I still remember the School nativity from my early years at school so in a way its hard to think that 30 years later my son is embarking on his years of nativity plays and his first threw him in gently into it with the reception class only taking on the stage with a song at the end … singing Little Donkey.
For 2 weeks before the nativity Joshua rehearsed his song and even little actions at every given opportunity, even at 6am in my bed in my right ear on repeat most mornings was his favourite … he thrived at the challenge of learning something and loved listening and singing his song to a YouTube version that we found.
For this first nativity there were 2 performances both early afternoon meaning Ollie was unable to attend and on the first of the two I was expecting a mass of deliveries for work however my parents swiftly jumped in and were thrilled to go and watch his debut performance.
Having not seen them there (I believe there was some grand parent waving going onto attract his attention) it still wasn’t until the last few minutes he realised they were there and beamed at them for the remainder! … he was thrilled when he got home and went to school the next morning totally excited for his second and final performance that afternoon and I was raring to see him.
I took my seat with some other super parents and grandparents and watched my little guy file into the hall and take his seat on the floor at the front and the performance began, it had it all, excitement, enthusiasm, crying children (or one at least) missed lines and queues (by several) and even a shepherd that couldn’t stop waving at his audience and giving his parents the thumbs up but what I couldn’t wait to see was the end when my little boy and his class stood up to sing.
After thanks were given by the narrator my little mans class filed beautifully onto the stage and Joshua stood on the front row in the middle ready with this actions and big singing voice … I spotted him glancing round looking for someone in the crowd … that someone wanted to stand up and shout him, however I held my nerve and opted instead for the discreet wave instead …. a few lines in he spotted me and give me the biggest grin I have ever seen … he looked right at me as he sung his little heart out and even did extra bum wiggling within the song as he got carried away … he did me proud without a doubt but most of all he did himself proud and pregnant or not I shed a little tear at just how far my little fella has come this year.
Well, done Joshua I am so very proud of you!