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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Team.

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I pulled T and M out of school early this afternoon to go to H's preschool Christmas program. I knew it'd be 20 minutes of singing and some cookies, but it was worth it to me.

A couple parents at school and even my mother-in-law questioned the decision. I don't regret it for a second.

I want my kids to be a team. The home team. To celebrate each other. To be each other's biggest fans. To be able to look out in a crowd and see the ones who've got your back. To enjoy the little perk of leaving school early to see your little brother sing {or freeze} in front of everyone.

H only sang the first song. Jingle Bells. He knew all the rest, he's been singing them to me every chance he got for the last week. The exuberant little girl next to him drummed up a few giggles and his newfound self-consciousness started right up.

My not-a-shy-bone-in-his-body boy was a little bit shy.

During the program, M kept nudging me, "why is he looking down? Why is he being shy? He's not shy."

And even T, his whisper voice on the video says, "H, look at me, don't look at all the strangers, look at me."

Yet after the program, after the cookies and the chaos of people and sprinkles galore, we get in the car and H says "Thanks for coming to my program!"

And T and M both tell him Thank You's and You did Great's and it's clear and it's all sparkly and shiny to me when I realize the team they all root for is each other.

Winner of the Sesame Street Live tickets is: #22 Lea

Winner of Bittersweet is: #5 Rachel

6 Comments:

Anonymous Dadio said...

Go Team ! Great Great Great ! Love to all....

Dadio

December 17, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GO TEAM, GO TEAM !! Awesome that you all were able to be there and chear H on!!

Love You All
Auntie Laurie

December 17, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Jess Bjokne said...

Great picture of all of them!

December 17, 2010 at 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Sarah Vana said...

You inspire me to be a better mother! Your team is lucky to have you as their coach :-)

December 17, 2010 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Mountain Jessie said...

I LOVE that you did that! They're learning the important lessons that can't be taught in school.

December 17, 2010 at 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. Weber said...

So I'm the teacher. And I'm supposed to be on the team that says the kids should have been in school, right? Only I'm also a mother, and I LOVE the way you encourage your team. I absolutely want my girls to feel that same kinship you foster so well, so I applaud your decision. You know your team well and knew that they can make up for their absences (which T did beautifully). I can't tell you how cool it is to hear this sweet, sensitive side of T (encouraging H to look at him)!

December 17, 2010 at 3:17 PM  

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