Once again, it's the time of year for school nativity plays.
This year, Orla was in her first nativity play, and Joseph was in his fifth. Normally this would mean attending two nativity plays, but in a break with tradition their school decided to have a play which included all the children between the ages of 4 and 9; so both children were in the same play.
I had the honour of helping out as musical director (for free of course!).
There were three performances of the play, and all on the same day - yesterday. Joseph was one of eight chosen for a solo speaking role. He carried it off with aplomb. He also performed in the school choir. Orla was a very attractive angel. Yes, I know I'm biased! The picture at the side was given to me by the school since I was unable to take one myself. (I thought that this was very considerate - I hadn't asked them for a picture.) She sang her heart out with the rest of her class with "Away in a Manger".
The children were fantastic and the play was a great success. Even the 4 year olds (like Orla), performing for the first time and after only 12 weeks at school, were terrific. The kids' performances were really moving. More than one parent had tears in their eyes.
But do you know what the best thing was, for the children and me? After hours and hours of indecision, Marie plucked up enough courage to attend the final performance. The children were thrilled.
Marie was pretty pleased with herself as well!