What I’ve Learned from My 5 Year Old

By Rachel Michelin

My daughter just got cast in her first theater production.  She is in the Macron cast of “The Great Cookie War.”  It is a production put on by the El Dorado Musical Theater (http://www.edmt.info/) and I must say their productions are really good.

We took our girls to see their last production “Wizard of Oz,” and it far exceeded our expectations.  Sometimes it is hard to remember that these are kids under the age of 18!

This past Saturday morning I was up bright and early and took my five-year-old to her first audition.  She auditioned for a “training show,” which is designed to not only give kids an opportunity to perform, but begin to teach them to love the theater, but it’s still serious business.  We (or should I say she) had an audition time and she had to prepare a one minute solo.

We got there, and to my surprise, she had to get up in front of a room full of adults, all alone, and sing.  As she went up there I had to hold back the tears – here was my “baby” standing up there all alone being judged (she did a great job) and that was hard for any mom, but my tears were mostly tears of shear admiration for my five year old.

The one great thing about being a mom is when your kids teach you something – on Saturday my daughter taught me that it doesn’t matter what people think, and if you want to do something you should just go for it and do it.  I don’t think I could get up in front of a room full of people and sing, in fact I know a lot of women who cannot even get up in front of a group of people and lead the pledge of allegiance!  I was so proud of her and proud that she decided this was something she wanted to do and went for it.  That is a lesson I need to learn.

One of the things I have wanted to do for the last decade is run a marathon – so I decided, thanks to my five year old – to sign up for a the Sacramento Shamrock’n Half Marathon.  OK – maybe it is not the full marathon, but it is a start and hopefully I might make it to the CIM in 2010!

As a mom, it is easy to get caught up in all the “mom” stuff – taking care of kids (and husbands), managing the household, keeping the schedule, etc., that you forget to just stop and learn from your kids.  I am glad I did that on Saturday, and I am counting the days to her big debut in March – I will be the mom in the front row – probably with tears of pride and admiration in her eyes!!

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  1. Caroline Silveira says

    Rachel, that is a seriously touching perspective and lesson you learned from your five year old. I really mean it. This is from someone who thinks she doesn’t want kids, but a story like yours reminds me of how great it might be.

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