I wrote back in January about my Lila and her fearlessness and how I had to take myself out of myself to allow her to follow her 6-year-old passion. (Now, the thing you should know about 6-year-old passions is that they’re subject to all kinds of little whims, and can quickly devolve into loud, teary, hissy fits if said whims are not indulged. Try telling the girl that all the red popsicles are gone and only purple and orange are left. Or that it’s just not fresh to wear a corduroy mini-skirt and sandals in 40-degree weather. Exactly.) Still, at the urging of many of my MyBrownBaby friends, I let the girl try out with her best friend, Maggie, for the school talent show.
And wouldn’t you know it? They got in.
After months of weekly school rehearsals and impromptu, on-command performances for me, Nick, and Maggie’s ‘rents (Maggie’s mom is Gretchen, the star of last week’s “Little Things” post), the big night finally arrived; the duo, dubbed “The Knock Knock Sisters” by the talent show organizers, hit the stage and tore the house down with their super cute performance.
No, they didn’t “win” not officially, anyway. Trophies went to an adorable little girl who did a super-cute magician act, another little girl who did a rousing performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” a 5th grade boy who wrote an original poem about Barack Obama, and two other little girls who, in my opinion, did some wholly inappropriate dancing to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” and a song (if that’s what you want to call it) by Soulja Boy. Still, Maggie and Lila were and still are winners in my book for signing themselves up, committing themselves to a routine, and climbing up onto that stage in front of an auditorium full of people, and telling their jokes with confidence and great big ol’ smiles and ease. Like they’d been telling jokes together for years.
Check out our babies up top.
(With special thanks to Gretchen for the video, which she shot through proud tears of joy!)