Magic Show at the Tucson Festival of Books
Shakespeare appearing out of a replica of the Globe Theatre
Brown-Eyed Gal picked to levitate before the crowd.
Approaching the stage
Brown-Eyed Gal hugging a penguin at the book festival
Two weeks ago we went to the Tucson Festival of Books hosted by University of Arizona. One of the highlights of the day for the kids was a magician that taught about Shakespeare and did magic tricks.
The magician asked for a volunteer from the audience and my four year old daughter raised her hand and was picked. My daughter is a girl who usually opts to play in her room with her stuffed animals and is not always one for the lime light. I was pleased when she excitedly went up on stage. She was a little scared before the magician made her levitate so my husband went up on stage to help... therefore we didn't get a picture of the actual levitation.
Afterwards, Brown-Eyed Gal said, "Mom I got to fly like a butterfly. Did you see me flying?"
The lesson for me is that children change and grow. The characteristics we use to label them one day may not fit six months down the road. My sister's daughter has a friend who has always been very shy and she recently made one of the leads in her school production of High School Musical. Friends and family asked, "Is this the same girl?" They were amazed when they saw her awesome and spirited performance.
My daughter is also changing and growing and I celebrate her new found boldness and willingness to participate in the fun of life.