Joseph's class took a field trip last week to see a puppet company production of "The Nutcracker." I was lucky to be one of the parent chaperones. The kids were excited and adorable and goofy and exceptionally well behaved on the bus.
Once we got to Glen Echo Park, it was quite literally a walk over the river and through the woods to get to the playhouse. Far too adorable that the kids all "buddy up" and hold hands with a partner.
Now, Joseph loves the story of "The Nutcracker." We have a pop-up book that we bring out during the holidays and he wants to read it over and over. But Joseph does not like puppets much. Or loud performances much, for that matter. Last year when his preschool took a field trip to this same place he Freaked. Out. and I had to sit in the hall with him for an entire hour until the show was over.
In his defense, these are not adorable "Muppet" type puppets. They are life-sized, bobble-headed creepy things. Luck would have it we were the first group to arrive so got seated front and center. Great! I had warned him and prepped him and tried to get him excited about the show this time around, and he said it was all good, but then we got there.
He did at least willingly go in and make it through 10 minutes before asking to leave. He sat through the rest of it when I said I couldn't leave because I had to help watch the other kids. He turned his back and covered his face with his coat a few times. But so did some of the other kids, because this show was indeed a bit freaky.
Would you believe we have to go back tomorrow because coincidentally his friend George is having his birthday party there?