Luca had tryouts for her school talent show today.
I walked into the gym with her and she ran and sat down on the gym floor to wait for her name to be called. Unfortunately, the sign up sheet never made it home and I thought it was just a “show up” kind of thing so she was added to the end of the list. The good part was we got to watch all the rest of the tryouts.
There were three other piano numbers besides Luca and they all did a great job.
There was one piece two girls did that was from a play and was part singing and part dialogue, which was interesting and unique.
There was one tumbling/break dancing demonstration.
One boy sang and danced to “We Will Rock You”.
Another girl sang a capella to the Kelly Clarkson song “Breakaway” and was awesome.
Two darling little girls sang “Behind These Hazel Eyes” by Kelly Clarkson.
Two groups of two girls each sang to current country songs I didn’t know.
And SIX groups either sang or danced to a Hannah Montana/Miley Syrus song.
And while the girl or girls were on stage singing or dancing EVERY OTHER GIRL EXCEPT FOR MINE was singing along and doing the EXACT same moves as the ones trying out.
So far I have been successful in mission “don’t let the girls find out about Hannah Montana or High School Musical”.
I have avoided this subject for a couple of reasons. I don’t think there is necessarily wrong with either of them…in fact, I have seen High School Musical and I rather enjoyed it. Also, most of my friends and family that have daughters have daughters that are HUGE fans of both of them.
I have never seen Hannah Montana, but from what I hear it is one of the few clean shows for young girls, and someday I am sure Luca and Anna will be watching reruns of it…but for now I am just not ready for my little girls to be watching shows about middle school, high school, boyfriends, cliques, “mean girls”, dumb parents, dumb teachers, phrases and sayings that I am too old to know the meaning of, fame, fashion, secrets, failure, fads, and popularity.
I don’t care if others make the choice for their young daughters to watch them, I really do believe that they are not bad. I will be the last to judge…I let my kids watch Spongebob Squarepants and I know a lot of parents who don’t like that show. I am also the same one who doesn’t like my kids to watch Caillou (which is as innocent as they come) because I think Caillou is a crybaby.
I just…hesitate…to let my girls dive into the world of adolescent subjects and worries. There is so much time for that and I am hoping to preserve a bit of their ignorance of all the things…tween or teen, I suppose. I don’t want Luca to think that because Hannah Montana broke up with her boyfriend that she should worry if she should have a boyfriend. I don’t want her to start categorizing the kids in her class as the “geeks”, “jocks”, or “popular” kids. I don’t even know what the groups are called these days.
So far Luca has not asked me about either show. She doesn’t seem to care or wonder what they are. She didn’t seem bothered by the fact that she was the only girl in the gym that didn’t know the words or the dance moves to the songs that were playing. She talked and laughed and waved to the kids she knew and didn’t feel out of place or inferior for playing the piano instead of gyrating to a pop song.
I was proud of her. I was proud of the way she walked up to the piano with her shoulders back and placed her music at the piano and waited for the signal to start. I could see the concentration on her face as she played her song better than I had ever heard her play it. It wasn’t the most challenging song that was played, but she did her best. It wasn’t perfect, but it was beautiful. I loved the way she stood up when she was done and grinned from ear to ear and she walked over to me while we clapped. She was proud of herself and that thrilled me.
I know there may come a day when she might not think it is the cool thing to do to play the piano in the school talent show and that is okay, we will talk about it.
She may ask me next week if she can watch Hannah Montana and maybe I will break down and say we can watch it together…although, I think a general rule that they can watch shows with main characters that are no more than a couple years older than them might not be a bad idea.
But for now, I am happy with just what she is doing and who she is becoming and I don’t want to rush her into growing up!