So Big Brother had his holiday piano recital this past weekend.
There were 2 recitals: 1pm and 4pm.
We opted for the 4pm, to allow Bab-E Brother sufficient time to nap.
Little Brother didn't nap beforehand, but at least had some quiet time.
We also made sure that the boys were tanked up with snacks beforehand, so that they could survive the hour-long recital until refreshments (aka cookies) were served.
We found our way to seats along the side, directly facing the performers.
In short, it didn't work.
Although Bab-E Brother quietly finished off his goldfish and raisins, Little Brother was quite contrary.
As soon as Big Brother's teacher started introductions, Little Brother put his hands over his ears.
(That's not good, especially since no one had started playing yet.)
And then he rearranged himself in his chair such that his chest was where his bottom should've been, and his hind end was pointing directly at the rest of the audience.
As discreetly as possible (aka not very), I hoisted Little Brother onto my lap.
He then started mumbling "hungry" ad nauseum, interspersed with making raspberry sounds with his lips.
In case you're wondering, this was not a good prognostic indicator for his ability to get through the recital, given that at this point ZERO of about 15 children had performed.
Big Brother was fourth on the program.
I had the opportunity to accompany him, which meant Little Brother threw a small hissy fit when I helped him off of my lap.
Mom-E then had to escort Little Brother amongst the other students while carrying Bab-E Brother, obstructing her view of the piano.
Big Brother played quite nicely, and then we were all able to return to our seats.
Within 2 minutes of finishing, Big Brother had to go potty (and BAD/NOW, as evidenced by the fact that, despite his appearance, this was not a DANCE recital, if you get my jift).
All small children started to fuss and we again had to escort ourselves amongst the students again.
But at this point, we were making enough commotion/noise that the recital was paused for about 30 seconds while Big Brother was assisted to the bathroom and Mom-E and I escorted Little Brother and Bab-E Brother outside.
This was not an ACTING recital, despite our uncanny ability to make a SCENE.
If you're not laughing yet
So Mom-E and I are now outside in the cold with the Brothers' Little and Bab-E, while Gramm-E and Grampap remain inside for moral support for Big Brother (and in case he has to pee again, which is totally in the realm of possibility) - God bless them for being there and providing 4 extra hands.
We enjoy the most of the rest of the recital outside in their driveway
But by this point, Bab-E Brother is quite loud, running around the driveway, falling into the mud, and exclaiming every time he hears a puppy bark, sees a tree, or a "big ruck" (big truck) drives by.
We escort ourselves back in at the conclusion so the boys can get sugared up on refreshments.
Admittedly, we did have a nice dinner with Gramm-E and Grampap afterwards.
Big Brother, Mom-E and I were very proud of you. You gave an excellent performance at the recital. It means a lot and is very special for me to have the chance to play with you in this early phase of your musical career.
But if you wonder about the lack (or maybe even absence) of photo/video footage of the recital, this post will serve as our explanation.
Have a good week,