The kids performed in their annual CBS Christmas concert today, and as usual, their on-stage antics perfectly suited each of their personalities.
Jacob and the other 3 and 4 year olds sang first. True to form, my kid was all smiles from the moment he took the stage until the applause ended. He grinned from ear to ear as he sang and clapped and recited his memory verses.
Next came Levi and his class of 2 year olds, who were instantly caught off guard by the crowd of moms with cameras and the fact that they were being ushered on stage instead of being allowed to rush into our arms. I promise Levi was wearing a cute Christmas shirt for the special occasion, but this kid does what he wants, and today, he did not want to remove his jacket. But he sang just loud enough for me to hear his little voice from my seat in the front row, when he wasn't busy waving and yelling "Hi!" to Jacob. Oh, and every once in a while, he leapt off the stage with great fanfare, for no particular reason.
Caleb and his buddies in the kindergarten class took the stage next, and in classic Caleb fashion, he was the loudest and the most animated of the group as they sang their little hearts out. But he was also so enthralled with the music coming from the speaker behind him that he had his back to me for most of the performance.
Abby and the primary class of second through sixth graders were the closing act, and she did just what she has done for as long as I can remember when it comes to CBS singalongs, which is next to nothing. She sang along intermittently, but mostly stared blankly into the audience, shaking her homemade maraca and daydreaming about something else entirely. But when it was all over, she told me she was really happy I was there to see her sing.
So was I.