Elma Family Kitty Photography Pip {the ordinary moments}

Putting on a show


I’ll admit it started out as a method of distractions.  On the Sunday afternoons that aren’t quite warm enough or dry enough yet to laze out in the garden, when all H and I want o do is to sit and be and to rest and to try to gather up energy for the week ahead, and we have those moments of willing the girls to find something to play with together.

And as is always the way, however many times they’ve played schools or puppies or babies or whatever it is up until that point, at the moment that you think “I could just sit down here for a minute and..” they come to you all out of sorts and at a loose end.  I’m a firm believer in the power of boredom to stimulate creativity, but sometimes that creativity needs a nudge.  And thus began the shows.

“Go upstairs darling, and work out a whole show, in secret, and dress up in your costumes, and then come back down and perform it for us!”

10 minutes of blissful peace and quiet later, the girls will return, and actually, we’ve really come to look forward to whatever they come up with.  They are always both dressed up in one of their outfits, sometimes with a quick change costume off in the wings, and they always start as Kitty has learnt at school:

“Good evening! Welcome to our nativity play”,

even when they continue on into some mash up of Cinderella, the three little pigs and a complete song and dance routine of their own invention.  The song and dance routine is of prime importance, and generally has Kitty going first, and making it up on the spot, and then Elma following behind and desperately trying to replicate before giving up and going back to twirling and singing Twinkle Twinkle.

And usually by the time they’ve finished, somehow the magic has done its work and they naturally fall away into playing some game or other.

But for all that the 10 minutes peace can be very welcome, it’s the shows I’ve started to look forward to.  Kitty and Elma play make believe games all the time, but not so much with grown-ups; when we all play a game as a family it’s usually fairly solidly rooted in reality but the shows give a  little window into their imagination that isn’t usually shared.

And as with all such things, I suspect this phase of performing has a limited life span; sooner rather than later they won’t get as bored, or putting on a play won’t work as a distraction, and they’ll move on to different things and it will be gone before we know it.  So for the time being it’s the moment to curl up in the sunshine and celebrate every last minute.

Joining Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for The Ordinary Moments



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  • Suzanne 17/04/2016 at 8:43 am

    My girls used to do this a lot, more so when they had friends round to play. How lovely. Treasure those moments. And yes, boredom is a very valuable tool in my book too!

  • Beth @ Twinderelmo 17/04/2016 at 3:10 pm

    My sister and I used to put on dance shows for my parents when we were little and I remember how important it was to get my outfit just right!!
    I hope my girls are the same when they’re older as this is so cute to see 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 17/04/2016 at 3:10 pm

    So sweet and it is lovely to watch their imaginations at work isn’t it? LL and Mads have just started putting on shows as well and it is something that I remember fondly from my childhood too- I remember dancing around to the Spice Girls and my Mum and Dad looking rather bemused by it all! x

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany 17/04/2016 at 4:25 pm

    Adorable. My eldest likes to put on a show, I’m not too sure what my youngest is doing I think she is trying to join in!! I remember doing this all the time as a child, but my big brother would never join in!! x

  • Lee Cockrum 17/04/2016 at 5:46 pm

    My cousins and sibling and I used to do act out plays for our relatives when we were kids. It was lots of fun!! In today’s age of technology, it is great to encourage skills like this!!

  • Louise | Squished blueberries 17/04/2016 at 7:58 pm

    Oh how lovely! I’m going to remember this one for when Mabel and Greta are slightly older and I feel like 10 minutes peace with a bit of entertainment at the end, sounds perfect!

  • LauraCYMFT 17/04/2016 at 8:08 pm

    Aww that is lovely! We used to love putting on shows for everyone as kids.

  • Caroline 17/04/2016 at 8:50 pm

    aww that is lovely, I think Matilda would be willing to put on shows, but I doubt Harry would be so keen.

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 17/04/2016 at 9:24 pm

    Oh, how wonderful! My sisters and I used to love putting on all manner of shows and performances for my parents, I remember it being such a lot of fun. It must be lovely to see their little imaginations at work xx

  • sustainablemum 18/04/2016 at 11:12 am

    Wonderful! Long may it last 😉

  • You Baby Me Mummy 20/04/2016 at 11:32 pm

    Ah this is so gorgeous! What beautiful girls. Baby has started to do this too, she likes giving us a ballet recital! x