Rohan has been struggling with wanting to go to his acting class.
It is 10 -12:30 on Saturdays.
He is, by far, the youngest there. The other students sport cell phones and a different language that Rohan is not privy to yet.
"I don't fit in Mom".
So I have been questioning if I made the right decision encouraging and insisting he partake in this class. The opportunity is unbelievable but that does not make it Right.
Rohan had a homework assignment three weeks ago to take a private, memorable moment and make it into something he could share on stage. This in itself was challenging...as 8 years of life experience does not always allow for powerful, private moments.
Sadly we have had some though. With Dad's help, asking pertinent questions, Rohan wrote a "scene" about the day we wrote and burned prayers for his Gigi (great-grandmother).
Here is the script:
(his idea: he begins laying down, like we are on a bed talking... he turns to talk to me)
~Mom I had an idea
~I really miss Gigi and I really want to talk to her
~Max said maybe we could write down the stuff we wanted to tell her. And
then, we could burn the notes with a candle and the smoke would take our thoughts
to Gigi in heaven. (pause)
~Like heaven mail.
~We found this candle at Gigi's house. Can you light it and I'll go get some paper?
(Rohan walks across stage to get the paper and pretending to write he reads each aloud:)
1. Things are gonna change, now that you're gone.
2. But you'll be with us, in our hearts.
3. I know we're not going to your house anymore for Halloween.... or Christmas
4. I hope you have really good food now and that you get to see all the friends you missed.
5. I hope you aren't in anymore pain, because you were before.
6. I miss you very much....I love you.
(he pretends to light the paper and watches the smoke go to up to heaven)
He worked hard on this at home. He did an amazing job.
He DID NOT want to perform it though, in front of his class.
He was intimidated and nervous and was not going to do it unless Michael, his teacher, asked him too.
Here is where the bride came in.... Rohan LOVES Halloween....a whole, spooky lot!
I found the coolest Halloween nutcrackers at Target last week. I am a sucker for things I KNOW my kids will love.
I told him that if he volunteered on Saturday I would give him a super cool Halloween gift.. otherwise he would get it later at Christmas.
Well, it worked. He volunteered.
When he was finished his scene
an older girl asked him, "How old are you?"
( the class is for 11-18 year olds)
She put her hands over her mouth in disbelief.
Rohan's teacher, Michael, said "Now you know why Rohan is here."
He also asked Rohan to make this little scene into a five minute one man show for the
I could not have been prouder of Rohan. I cannot imagine how awkward it must be to have no other "kids" your age to hang out with for 2 1/2 hours and to have emotionally challenging assignments that would challenge any age.
He was brave.
He was proud of himself
and his anxiety about the class melted away.
He said, "Now they know me a little better."
It might have been the Bribe, or his decision that "today I am going to do it"...
but whatever it was.. Rohan proved to himself that hard things can bring joy and
can make you feel really strong.
He will perform this piece on December 10th at NC Stage with the other 10 students selected for this acting intensive.
~I have to give a BIG kudos to Max also who is reading Cat in the Hat now. This is a harder Suess, if you don't remember. Max likes to push himself. He is a go getter and a determined little soul. He is my snuggle bug.
(I love this photo... he is, unfortunately, cute when he is angry)
This fall air has energized us and has also made us want to snuggle more.
What a lovely combination!