Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator. ~Confucius
Sometimes things come up and make me realize that Kyle is getting older. This time it came in the form of a decision, the decision to not be front stage for our church’s Christmas play. The teacher asked Kyle if he wanted to be in the play or help out. Kyle simply said without any hesitation, “I’ll help out.” Then he had a choice of being one of the narrators, directing the kids on and off the stage, helping with the costumes or helping with the lights. He answered, “Helping with the lights,” without thinking twice. If I know Kyle, that probably seemed like the easiest of roles to participate in.
On one hand, I’m glad Kyle opened up a spot for another child, but I do enjoy watching him on stage. In his first year of being in the play, he was one of the wise men. I thought: Of course, our little man is a king. Umm… When I called and told my sister we couldn’t help but laugh. You see, once they put that crown on his, head he loved his role. He really hammed it up! I must say, he was a cute little king. Then last year he played a dual role, a Shepherd and the first Inn Keeper. He didn’t actually get to say anything as the Inn Keeper. Just when “Joseph” asked if there was any room, Kyle had to shake his head ‘No’. Again, I really enjoyed watching him on stage all dressed up, playing the part.
This year, he was the lighting tech. At least that’s what my sister kept calling it. When I heard the role he was going to play, I thought, “He doesn’t want to be a part of this.” Especially since on his first practice he was caught wandering away from the light switches. I thought, “Here we go. This isn’t going to be good.” But you know, Kyle surprised me. When we left practice and started to head home, Kyle was going on and on about his cues on turning on and off the lights. He told me when they had to be on and when they had to be off. I mean, he was actually taking his role very seriously. Of course, I should expect no less from Kyle, if he is going to do a job, he will do it to the best of his ability. He even participated from the sidelines in the songs sung for the play.
You know, I was wrong, he did want to participate with the other kids, just in a different way. He took on a less public role, but just as important. I couldn’t be happier with his choice and his desire to be the best at it!