Today was the first day of the kids theater camp. Last year they triumphed as Dorothy and the Wizard in the Wizard of Oz. This year the play is about Cinderella (I'm noticing a shoe theme here - ruby slippers, glass slippers...).
Of course Pippi was hoping for Cinderella (as were the rest of the girls there, I'm sure). And Harry was hoping for something big too. Maybe the Prince?
They both went to call backs. And it was between Harry and one other kid for the Prince. The other kid got it. Pippi says Harry did great - but maybe they wanted someone a little bigger for the part (the camp is for kids ages 8 to 11; Harry is only 8).
And Pippi is not Cinderella (though that doesn't mean she won't write her story about Cinderella). Pippi is one of the ugly step sisters. And she's good with that. She knows that having the lead is a lot of work. She enjoys it - but mainly likes being on stage.
Harry did not get any of the principal parts (there are many minor parts still to be handed out - about as many as there are kids - so it's not like he's out in the cold or anything). And he was not okay with it. There were tears. There were slammed doors. There was the pronouncement that he was never going back again. Ever.
Turns out that mainly what he wants is the script. (We'll utilize our scanner and make him a copy - there that was easy).
It's a tough lesson to learn - you can't always be in the spotlight. Sometimes you have to be a background player.
But the background is important too. It's what brings color and fun to life.