one of my favorite things
is to go to school shows
i love every kind of kid up there
hiding in back
staring straight ahead
belting it out
faking the lyrics
wearing mismatched shoes
in a fancy outfit
whispering to a stage neighbor
giving it their all
waving to family
have their own rhythm different from the rest
playing anything that makes a musical sound
any kind of talent show
costumed or not.
i am all in.
“sometimes I was in school plays,
but only when the kid they’d originally picked got sick and they asked me to substitute.”
“i remember acting in a school play about the melting pot when I was very little.
there was a great big pot onstage.
on the other side of the pot was a little girl who had dark hair,
and she and i were representing the italians.
and i thought: is that what an italian looked like?”
“i did a school play when I was 10 where I played a cold germ infecting a whole classroom of kids.
the play was called ‘Piffle It’s Only a Sniffle.’
i’d never had so much fun. It was a thrill.”