My daughter had her 6th grade musical production tonight: “The X-mas Files”, complete with an x-files script and some enjoyable holiday songs. I’ve certainly attended worse, and the vast majority of the kids performing were good sports about the whole thing, and about 15% really seemed to be enjoying themselves. Two things were obvious from watching them, however: one is that the teen ‘I’m so bored by everything’ attitude is coming, and that one kid there obviously saw this as punishment for something he didn’t deserve. It was worth the price of admission to see an adolescent boy doing his best to look bored and put-upon while in the front row, center stage, of a musical chorus. Wearing a brightly colored shirt. It was so amusing that the three adults in our car all mentioned watching the same kid. Funny how we were all drawn to observe the one who wasn’t having a good time, while surrounded by a stage full of kids who were.
And if you get a chance to see “The X-mas Files by a bunch of 6th graders, it’s a terrific 25 minutes.