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Kids & Christmas indignities

In first grade, I was forced to don spandex and antlers for a Christmas performance.

Even worse than wearing that attire–the indignity!–was being forced to do neck rolls in it. Neck rolls just plain looked dumb.

As my classmates went through the proper moves, I stood stock still and glowered at the audience.

When my husband, Anthony, told me our second grader got in trouble for standing silent through his classroom’s Christmas song rehearsal, I laughed.

“‘The song is stupid,’ Anthony quoted Li’l D. ‘I don’t want to sing it!'”

I told him about my own first grade rejection of indignity.

“Yep, he’s your son,” my husband affirmed.

Now, more’n three decades later, I do neck rolls in my cube every day. Embarrassing? Try relaxing!

This leads me to wonder: Where’s “I Don’t Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” going to fit into Li’l D’s adulthood!?


Antlers: not really so bad, either!

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  1. December 20, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Probably about in the same spot where I keep “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”!

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Deb
    December 20, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    True indignity is being chosen to be an icicle in the 4th grade pageant, then being told you and your fellow icicles have to come up with our own costumes, and then finding that the only way to have something shiny to cover our lower half was to literally make skirts out of tinfoil with Christmas tree tinsel taped to the bottom of it. Now imagine trying to dance or frolic or do whatever an icicle is supposed to do while hoping desperately that your tinfoil skirt doesn’t split down the back. Give me spandex, antlers and stupid songs and even neck rolls any day… 🙂

    • December 20, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Oh, man! The way you tell this is gold! (I peeked right before Li’l D came on, and had to quickly stifle giggles.)

  3. December 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Hahaha, this is such a good story! I was a crier, so you couldn’t have even got me on the stage in the first place

    • December 20, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Aw. ❤️ This all makes me wonder what it’s going to be like for Littler J. We all handle these things so differently. 🙂

  4. December 21, 2016 at 4:33 am

    I heard the Dominic the Donkey song yesterday in the office cafeteria and I almost lost my lunch. Anyway, my daughter plays the Cello, so she doesn’t have to get dressed up or sing, she just plays. She’s doing the drums next year….going to buy stock in Advil.

    Nice pic by the way, the antlers are so you! 😀

    • December 23, 2016 at 4:20 am

      I took that pic when I was back in Japan, but it proves useful every so often today. 🙂

      LOL @ drums and Advil! Also, thanks for reminding me to ask Li’l D which instrument he’d like to learn. He went from drums (many months ago) to flute (yesterday). I’d support drums, but I really support the quieter flute! Ahem.

  5. December 21, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Cute. Merry Christmas. ❤

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