Despite her feisty demeanour, Mia is quite shy.
Ask her to do anything in front of a group of people she doesn’t know and she panics.
It never looks like panic. It looks like an eye roll, arms folded, “I can’t be bothered”.
But I know it’s a mask for her shyness.
This is Mia at her school play. They staged it during the early evening to make sure as many parents could visit as possible.
The hall was packed. She’s only been at this new school for a few months, so she knows a handful of parents.
Lots of strange faces staring up at her.
We had a conversation a few months ago about getting married. “How could you stand being the centre of attention mum?” she asked me. “Didn’t you mind all those people looking at you all day? I think I’d hate it”.
The day the school play acting parts were announced she was very matter of fact about it all. Hers was a non-speaking part which, again, she rolled her eyes at but I knew she was relieved. She got to stand at the side, out of the limelight. No pressure.
On the night she sang every song as if she was being tested on how well she could convey the emotion. It was marvellous. She mouthed along to the lines of every other child’s speaking part.
The photo I’m proud of isn’t a particularly ‘good’ photo. As is usual at school plays, I’m sat completely over the other side of the hall to where she is and there are at least 15 parents between her and me with their phones/tablets/cameras raised in the air to grab a photo.
What I’m proud of is the moment I’ve captured; my girl coming out of her shell, realising she needn’t be quite so shy any more. Realising that performing in front of others is actually quite fun.
Because on the way home she announced: “Next year I think I’m going to try and get a speaking part”.
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