Thursday, April 1, 2010

Annual Day Notes...

V's school celebrated, what they called their 'Family day' last weekend. All the branches were a part of this with every little student participating in what was a big event for the little ones. A rehearsal was held a couple of days earlier and needless to say it was a rehearsal for parents and teachers, since, as anticipated, the children did the unexpected (those who did n't cry, cried and vice versa!) on the D-day.

Cluck cluck here...
Our little brat was a little chick in the 'Old McDonald had a farm' performance. It is another story that all the 'chickens' were dressed in hen and rooster costumes! When we took him to the shop where we hired the costume, he wore it (to our surprise) and refused to get out of it.

...and a rehearsal there...
V danced like there is no second chance on the day of the rehearsals but I was not up beat because I wanted to see what he would do on the said day. One parent or an escort was to be on stage with each child in V's batch as they were the youngest of the lot. So there I was kneeling on the floor behind V. Before I knew it, there were tears in my eyes. I only wished his aunties would n't notice and they did n't because, some children too (?!) had tears in thier eyes. More on this at the end of the post...

The D-day
V woke up, unusually early and we were worried because this meant tantrums. On the previous day too he refused to remove his 'costume'. On this particular day, he first refused to have his bath and then insisted on having two. He then refused to wear his diaper (we were wary of the toilets available at the Hall) and did so after a lot of cajoling. Then he wanted to play his 'Dholak' in 'full costume' and wanted a photograph clicked. Finally he refused to wear his socks. That was that....He was carried bawling to the car and Paati and Thatha in tow, all of us headed to the Hall.

It was a grand event. As expected, V who is a terror at home (only) was at his best behavior and even as the other kids refused to wear their costumes or removed them before entering the stage, a sweating V refused to come out of his, even after his dance. This time, 'my on-stage performance' was uneventful.

Despite crying children, the heat, over-enthusiastic parents, and the sheer number (the Hall that would normally seat about 1500 people, was full), it was a wonderful day and the school had done an excellent job.

I emphasize the above because many parents felt it was badly organized. A few questions to them...

Have you handled more than five children at a time?
Hav n't you ever been in Chennai at this time of the year in a crowded place? and finally...
When the school clearly stated that a child should be accompanied to the stage - that too only if required, by only one escort, why was your entire family near the stage?

Anyway it was a typical 'some people are like this only' situation.

Now coming 'back' to the rehearsal episode. I did exactly what a non-sage-like person would do when she/he sees a fully dressed child-chick, ducks, cows shaking their hips, from behind.Needless to say, those were tears of laughter and I almost hurt myself half-rolling on the ground!

(Note to self: Do not allow V to read this blog)

6 comments:

Jayashree said...

Are you going to share pics of the dholak playing chick??? Sounds like V had lots of fun.
Btw, can you tell me where you got the costume? I need to get a dog costume by Saturday.

Lavanya Sriram said...

sounds like all you guys had lots of fun :)

Hema said...

Jayashree: No...the husband refused to click a snap of the dholak playing chick, because he thinks we are already giving in a lot!
Lavanya:)

Mama - Mia said...

what fun! cubby's annual day was pretty nice too. and even iw as impressed with the number of kids the teacher had to dress and handle. phew!!

its amazing!

Uma said...

Hey, annual days are fun, isn't it? Do post some pics :)

Hema said...

Abha- True:)
Uma - Like dutiful parents we went by the school's circular and did n't take our camera:( The pics taken by the school have come though. Will post some once I receive them