I had the pleasure to watch my daughter give a speech on stage during her kindergarten graduation program yesterday. Yes, they give speeches in kindergarten now. She was chosen to represent her class.
She had to memorize a long speech (long one for 5 year old to memorize in a week, anyway) – it was around 150 words. We practiced line by line until she can recall all even in her sleep. I am amazed how fast she memorized all the words, I am blown away at how she’s doesn’t mind every bit of it. Everything was going well and I thought, then we can only work on one thing – stage fright, if ever she has that.
Do young, small people have those nervous feelings? I wonder.
As a mom, I had been biting all my nails off since we got that speech on paper. What if she’ll never memorize all of it? What if she forgets? What if she feel so scared in the middle of delivering that speech? So many what ifs to deal with, I haven’t slept in a week.
~ holding the microphone, getting ready to deliver her speech ~
Yesterday, the big moment came and my girl delivered. She did it so well I could cry. There was no trace of fright or nervousness, just pure enthusiasm and pride! She got all her lines which means she has a pretty good memory, I have a good memory. Speaking in front of a crowd did not scare her, this she got from her dad! We should celebrate!
~ recalling the lines, delivering the speech ~
Everyone was listening to her words. She looked at me (I was taking photos) and looked at her dad (busy with taking the video) and smiled, took a deep breath and just went on talking. It was kind of hurried though, a little robotic, if you must say but she got all the words and she did not freeze!
Last night as I was tucking her to bed, she confessed, “Mom, I know I was going too fast.”
I told her it was ok and she was brilliant.
“But you know what mom? I wanted to talk more slowly but my heart was beating so fast my mouth had to catch up!”
I wanted to laugh so hard but kept it to myself! The kid was indeed nervous but she pulled it off! But imagine how hard it must be to try to catch up with a racing heart!
~ proudly showing her graduation certificate ~
Congratulations to my sweet girl for completing kindergarten (Foundation Stage)! Now she is so ready for Year One, with full speed ahead!
* I screwed up by taking lots of blurred photos. Either hands were too shaky, or had camera settings messed up or both! *