March 28, 2009

"Who Are You?"

That is the question that the caterpillar asks Alice in the play (musical), Alice in Wonderland. Brennen was part of the cast in the Intermediate school production. My husband and I were very impressed with these 6th and 7th grade performers. Who knew there was so much talent at these young ages! It was fun and well done. Brennen did well and looked like he was enjoying himself. He was a starfish in the caucus race and part of the chorus. (I didn't know there were starfish in Alice in Wonderland either). The version performed was actually Disney's Alice in Wonderland Junior, adapted for younger ages. The music was fun. The song "Zippity Doo Da" is in it and my little kids have been singing it all week.

Back to the question, "Who are you?" Alice is having a hard time figuring out who she is and who she wants to be in the strange imaginary world she is in. The caterpillar advises her to just be herself. (I wish I could remember the exact line). And that is the message of the play. Be yourself.

In our lives there are many roles we play. For me, Wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, relief society sister, school volunteer, household CEO. All of those titles really are about others. But there are some roles that we need to remember are for us. For me some of those include athlete--any sport but especially volleyball--musician, cross stitcher, writer. It is important during the years of parenting that you don't lose your individual identity to motherhood. It is true that you are needed and demanded very much by your children and spouse, but make sure you take time to remember the individual that you are and the talents and likes and hobbies that make you YOU. And of course, don't forget the most important title you have: A child of God.

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