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I try to be a good, obedient bloggist. I truly do. I must confess, now that I actually have something somewhat worthy to post with regards to the Little Guy and the premiere of his assuredly long and rich career as an entertainter making it possible for him to take care of his lukewarm-successful novelist mother and his crippled-by-life elementary school teacher (read: poor) father into perpetuity, I am itching to post it.

Please forgive.

And then come back tomorrow for the Very Special One Year Bloggiversary (when will someone settle on a definite spelling for that psuedo-word?) (When will I ?)Giveaway and leave me a comment saying you were sorely disappointed with today's post and are expecting--nay, demanding!--to win something in the giveaway as compensation. (Sorry. It's all I've got.)

The Little Guy's first grade class was rehearsing a play. Two, in fact. The LG was slated to be the star of Tikki Tikki Tembo. This I gleaned from the notice sent home listing all the children and their parts. (Since LG was listed to play Tikki, I leaped to a conclusion.) He was very comme il fait about the whole thing--barely batted an eye about the fact that he was the star. No. Big. Deal. However, every night before bed, he acted out the entire play with everyone's parts. Twice. We thought he was pretty darn cute and smiled coyly at one another when the teacher sent home a note saying how surprised we would be when we saw LG perform. Who us? Hadn't we known this child his entire life? Wasn't he the biggest Drama Queen of the family? (He really is--but he is also very shy and pretty emotionally balanced--the drama only comes out when he is very tired and frustrated. In other words, he isn't one of those kids who is bouncing off the walls. Au contraire! )

He still didn't bat an eye when it was time to get his make-up on for the event. No problem! (He is nothing like his father in this way whom I directed in an amatuer film when we were 17--he always managed to hide when it was time for the mascara--I so wanted to know what it would be like to run a mascara wand over those extremely long and curly lashes that I eventually married him). No, this kid seemed to relish the whole process of burnishing his skin (Tikki is from China so the white pasty look had to go) spraying his hair black and attempting to change the shape of his eyes:

Please note the way he has his arms covering his bare chest. This child will not even swim without a shirt but he will gladly suffer make-up. Yeah. I know.

Here he is in all his Tikki glory:

He did a good job as Tikki. We thought it was pretty cute and funny. He and the boy who played his brother even concocted a fake fight scene where one slaps and the other jerks his head back to make it look as if he was struck. Golden stuff, that. I might one day post video of that but it is rather long. No, the huge surprise of the evening came along when my sweet, easy-going, normally docile, even-keeled LG appeared in the chorus of the second play, The Three Piggy Opera. If I do say so myself (and I am doing it as we so-to-speak) he STOLE the show. He OWNED the stage. He was the IT guy. This clip (below) is cute but it isn't the best of the show. (One of my biggest sorrows in my 44 years of life is that, so far, no video of him singing about the "big fat wolf-yum yum yum!" has turned up. Mark my words, one day it will be higlighted on Fox News.) You might notice that some of the girls are yucking it up as much as LG but not with the same intensity. Clearly, he takes his job very seriously (he even memorized all the parts of the narrators---just in case). The other boys, of course, are pretty much hoping no one notices them. At all. Whatsoever. This is because they get a clue.

After a little bit of the above, I turned to the Middle Child, placed a comforting hand on her knee and said, "I'm thinking you might not be getting any nieces or nephews after all." She quickly agreed. I spent half of the show mentally hugging myself with delight and the other half mentally going over the list of awesome song and dance men who are straight and, of course Hugh Jackman (can I say "phew"?) came immediately to mind but, er, um, can anyone think of another?(le sigh)

After the show: what a pretty group of girls! LG and the one in pink, Laurel (what a cutie-patootie!) could be twins!

Here he is with his best buddy ever, Lucas, who wanted to be there to see his friend perform and even wanted to bring him a gift--a gorgeously decorated cookie in the shape of a Chinese Dragon (it was delicious just in case any you--like I--wondered whether or not those boutique cookies even taste good. Do they ever! I think the LG even got a bite.) This buddy of his came up with the idea ALL on his own. He really impressed me which was a tall order in light of the Clearly Shining Brilliance of my own son.

(2,800 words on Miss D Two yesterday. AND I colored my hair. All in the same day. There's just no stopping me.)

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38 wise, witty and wonderful comments

I thought he was DARLING!!! I'm so glad he had so much fun!

Way to go on Miss D 2! And your hair! And I can barely make it to the computer....

April 22, 2009 at 11:22 AM

All the kids look great!

And I totally remember that Tikki Tikki Tembo rhyme. (No saw rembo.)

April 22, 2009 at 11:22 AM

No, that is one of the best things you've ever posted...what on earth do you have to be sorry about?

He is adorable!

And, being a Thespian type person myself (well, I am actually a bona fide Thespian) I can tell you that I know a lot who are straight. Of course, I know more who are not, but there are quite a few straight ones out there. No worries.

April 22, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Laura--yet, here you are--on the computer! In spite of the fact that it is at the repair shop . . . you are AMAZING! Kristina--that's right! I think it's forever engraved on my brain, now, too. Lara--ah, thanks! And, THANKS! Really! Nothing against gay guys, personally I think they're ultra charming.

April 22, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Well that was about the cutest thing I have ever seen. Good luck with the royalties. I just hope he doesn't end up like other kid stars. I am sure the right parents will make all the difference.

April 22, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Those swinging hips will make him millions. And if you're lucky he'll hire you as his makeup artist every time he needs to change nationality.

What would it be like to attend a program where your offspring isn't hiding behind someone else and is actually moving their lips? I'll never know--so enjoy it for me!

April 22, 2009 at 11:43 AM

That's pure talent right there, if I've ever heard (and seen) it. And I love the star glasses. You're right - he will be a star! :)

April 22, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Pat--here's hoping, huh? : ) Megz--I had two like that so I earned this one. Who knows, your little one could be a STAH!!

April 22, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Don't give up hope on him yet. I went to high school with a bunch of boys who were uber theatrical and at least most of them are marrried with children these days!

April 22, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Erin--the teacher passed those out to all the kids. If things go terribly and horribly awry, I'll blame her.

April 22, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Rachel--thanks! There ARE other things, and always have been, that have made me wonder . .. .it'll be interesting, that's for sure!

April 22, 2009 at 11:59 AM

I LOVED it!! He is so stinkin funny! I would have been eating it up!! (But I'm a very loud laugher and probably would have embarassed everyone around me.) He's adorable, truly, and I wouldn't worry about him, he's the youngest, they're always extra theatrical! :)

(Just a couple more days and I'm going to see you in PERSON!!! WHOOOHOO!)

April 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM

He really is an adorable little guy, but also, how sweet is that little friend to bring a "theme" gift. (And how nice of you to save a bite for the LG! That part of your story gave me an Erma Bombeck flashback--how much do I miss Erma!)

April 22, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Melinda, I can't wait to wrap my arms around your tiny frame 3 times at least! Pam, what a compliment! I miss her too! Life's not fair!

April 22, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Oh my gosh - that is so cute...I love the energy. He definitely has the moves!

I once got a bouquet of cookies when my now 11 year old was born - they were the best cookies ever! I can't remember the important things, like how old she was when she learned to talk - but man do I remember those cookies! I think it was kind of you to share a bite.

April 22, 2009 at 12:21 PM

I can't believe I have to wait to see that video until I can coordinate to watch it on Greg's computer! (I blogged too soon about inheriting his. Apparently we thought we were going to be rich sooner than we are.)

He SOUNDS amazing and super talented and sweet, based on what you've said about it all, and he looks fantastic in the pictures!

April 22, 2009 at 12:22 PM

The post was fabulous - but I'm still expecting - even demanding to win a giveaway tomorrow!!

April 22, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Val--you're so funny! Lisa--no new computer? Bummer. I thought we would be richer by now, too. Funny how that's going around just now .. .

April 22, 2009 at 12:37 PM

That hip action is fantastic. And he can have kids no matter what! So no worries there.

I personally got a little bit of an Elvis vibe - so who knows. Maybe he'll be making teenage girls swoon in 10 years.

April 22, 2009 at 12:46 PM

I think it's wonderful! You have a little actor on your hands :)

April 22, 2009 at 1:38 PM

I've skipped all the comments because of time constraints. Hope I'm not repeating something, but I must say that Elvis, Fred Astaire, and all them-there dudes were straight, weren't they? It's not LG's fault that they had cutsie, non-macho choreography. He did a great job with the song and dance as written. The make up may be a little over-the-top though. (He'll likely "kill" you when he gets older for posting this.)

April 22, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Abra--thanks sweetie. Jami--gulp! You're right! I showed it to him today and he said he wanted to make a "comment" but he is waiting until Dad gets home to help him as he wants it to be a surprise. Maybe he's going to tell me he wants to kill be NOW.

April 22, 2009 at 2:22 PM

no lie - I was telling my kids the story of Tikki Tikki Tembo yesterday - I can't seem to locate my copy of that book, but it was a favorite as a child...

I'm afraid though that I was making up part of the tikki tikki tembo no sa rembo cherri berri ruchi pip perri pembo name...

congrats on the many words written yesterday - and I keep hoping that I'll find time to color my hair... currently I think I'm just going to have to find time to pluck all those stray grays...

April 22, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Um, I was all ready to say "I was sorely disappointed with today's post and am expecting--nay, demanding!--to win something in the giveaway as compensation," but I thought it was a wonderful post. What a cutie LG is! And hello---if he just keeps Hugh Jackman in mind you don't need ANYTHING more. Love that man.

April 22, 2009 at 2:45 PM

LOL Between the hips and the eye lashes this guy is on to the big time. He is so adorable!

How about musicals on film? Donny Osmond? Gene Kelly? Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music?

April 22, 2009 at 3:13 PM

PS From all appearances, it would seem that the wonderful Gene Kelly was straight.

April 22, 2009 at 3:18 PM

what a handsome kid!!!!!

glad you blogged his stuff. that was cool to read and watch

April 22, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Oh, that was much too fun!!! I haven't seen anyone swivel their hips like that in a long time!

Do did you change your hair color or keep it the same?

April 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM

He's so cute! Maybe he's just one of those kids who will do whatever they decide to do really well!

April 22, 2009 at 5:05 PM

T--sounds like you got the name right to me! Barb--Sir Anthony is Hugh but with a better nose. sigh . .Kazzy--so true about the musicals. Just don't add Danny Kaye to the list. Pam--YES! Gene Kelly was. Love him! Spasm--thanks! You're sweet! Joy--I color the gray so that it matches the rest of the brunette hairs who are quickly becoming out numbered. Heatherlyn--could be. He doesn't seem terribly interested in being in another play so I don't think he feels this burning need to be an entertainer.

April 22, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Oh how adorable! I love school productions so much and this one looks like it was a winner.


April 22, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Oh he is so cute. And that is such a cute story.

April 22, 2009 at 8:31 PM

What a little man you have. He is so great. I love his spunk and willingness to be himself. Cute post.

April 22, 2009 at 9:00 PM

As long as Hugh Jackman is on the list do we really need anyone else!?

Not sad that today was not the giveaway because I was gone and here it is after midnight and I had to check my blogging BFF's before going to bed. Obsessed much? I'll be up bright and early, anxiously awaiting your posting of the fabulous blogiversary posting! WOOHOO!

Oh, and could your son be cuter? I think not!

April 22, 2009 at 11:31 PM

So I have actually been reading up, just not commenting the last little while, but who can resist the 3-piggy opera. My daughter was in it in 1st grade. They had the whole school going.

Your son was awesome!

And I echo Youngbloods comment about Hugh Jackman.

April 24, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Haven't you seen Billy Elliot? It's wonderful; check it out!

Your son is a terrific little pig! I loved it. And Rikki Tikki Tavi was a favorite of mine as a kid. I'm glad you enjoyed this experience; it looks like the casting director chose wisely :)

April 25, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Way way way cute.

My daughter's 3rd grade teacher uses LOTS of singing in class and they did a little concert at Halloween and again at Christmas, and the songs are all fun and funny and the boys are every bit as into it as the girls are. That kind of fun ought to be for everyone, so it's too bad a lot of boys decide it's not masculine once they get past 3rd grade or so.

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