The Holiday Program, Where Daddy {Practically} Gets a Standing Ovation


Saturday was the “Holiday Program” at the girls’ school.  We were told to arrive at 9:30 so that the late people would get there before the program started at 10.

Rookie mistake, right?  We are the punctual people. Next year we arrive at 10.

Because this girl?  She wasn’t having the whole waiting thing.  We walked laps around the pews.

The holiday program where daddy gets a standing ovation

#1’s class had Thanksgiving as their part of the show (they went from Thanksgiving to the Chinese New Year, including Kwanza, Christmas and Hanukkah).  They were pilgrims, stating what they were thankful for, a pilgrim skit and a Thanksgiving poem.

#1 was the narrator for the Thanksgiving skit with most of the lines.  Have I mentioned she’s been a little emotional lately?

She was in the middle of the line walking onto the stage area and I spotted her.  She walked out all hunched over and crying.  I thought she wasn’t going to recover.  The church was quiet and she said all weepy, “I just want to give my daddy a hug and a kiss” so everybody in the church could hear her.  The teachers let her go.  Mr. Serious stood up and everybody “awwww”ed.  Then, he went up and gave her a hug and a kiss, turned around and everybody applauded, just short of a standing ovation.

Amazingly, she stopped crying, went up and did her part.  I so wish I had that on film!

The holiday program where daddy gets a standing ovation

She was such a proud pilgrim (and mommy takes terrible pictures inside without a flash. I seriously need a class on this…or a fancy lens good for indoor lighting).

The holiday program where daddy gets a standing ovation

And, much to the dismay of some of the parents, we did not pay her to do that.  In fact, quite the opposite, we bribed her to do a good job, say her lines loud, clear and slow and to behave.  And, after the crying, hug and kiss, she did just that.

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  1. That is the sweetest thing I have read in a long time. I am weepy just reading it! I think I would have been bawling if it had been my little girl! I am so glad she recovered and did a good job! Those holiday programs are more nerve-racking for the parents then for the kids!

  2. ok so the first pic is beyond perfect. like blow up worthy!

    and the last with the full smile?? totally captures her! love it!!

    and you already know that i am in LOVE with this story. serious sweetness.

    i bet matt and you both almost exploded!!

  3. Oh my! Too dang sweet. That is like straight out of a movie, kleenex included!

    1. I guess I didn’t realize I needed to include a Kleenex warning…whoops.

  4. Oh man, I just teared up just reading this!! What a little sweetie. And what a wonderful Daddy!

  5. Where was the tissue warning? lol There is something very special between a daughter and her daddy, and your two certainly have that. What a great story and what a big girl Izzy was for doing her part!

    1. Yes, they are lucky girls.

      Sorry about the lack of a warning. I’ll make sure to include one next time.

  6. That is so sweet. I bet Matt had no trouble in going up and giving her a hug. Did you need kleenex? I did reading it.

  7. That is the sweetest thing ever! I got chills just reading it. And so great that she was able to have a great performance after her hug 🙂

    1. You have no idea how relieved I was that she recovered and did the show.

  8. Whew! I’m so glad that Dad was able to save the day! Close call…

  9. pure sweetness! i am sure mr. serious felt very special!

  10. That is just so sweet! And what a wonderful time to be her daddy

  11. I’m really glad that she got what she needed and then finished the job! What a doll!

  12. Awwwwwwww, Daddy’s little girl…That is beyond cute!

  13. Oh, it’s so hard when you’re early with a little one.

    Glad she did a good job!

  14. My heart just melted for Iz!! I would’ve been saying “aww” right along with the audience! She probably stole the show! Please tell N that patience is a virtue, but I certainly haven’t learned it yet either hahah

    Love, Mere

    1. I’ll pass that along; but she probably won’t even stand around long enough for me to tell her!

  15. aww! what a great memory and story to share!!

  16. This is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever read. I wish you had that on tape too!

  17. Marty Montes says:

    How sweet! Isn’t it fun to see them perform and see some of their personality on-stage! I know she was wonderful and you guys are proud.

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