This coming Monday, Abby will be in her first ever real school play. Every year, the pre-K classes at her school put on circuses (circi?). For Abby's circus, she was selected to be--what else?--the ringmaster. It's perfect for her, because that child is bossy personified (can't think where she got it from). She has diligently practiced her lines every night, and is ready to show off. She has a great costume, top hat, tails and all.
I can't wait to see her and I know she'll do a great job, but I worry that this is setting a precedent that will cause some disappointment later in life. To get the lead role in the first production she's ever been is dangerous. She has grown very used to the spotlight and likes it a LOT. So what will happen the first time she's in a production and she has a bit part? It's bound to happen--she'll play the Thanksgiving turkey or a tree or the back half of a horse or something. She'll be crushed! Ah well, nothing we can do about it now. We might as well just enjoy this while we can, and worry about helping her be satisfied with being a side dish or scenery when it happens.