At the start of the year we had all the dates of events and half term for Holly’s preschool. One of the events was a Spring Concert, where the children would be singing and a chance for family to come and watch. I originally thought that I may not send Holly, as it fell on a Friday and she has her ballet class at that time.
Then my friend whose daughter goes to the same preschool came over for a playdate and we were chatting about it and she said it is a really lovely event. So, I changed my mind and decided that Holly would go to the spring concert.
Holly only started preschool in January and only goes for one morning a week at the moment. But she has loved it from day one and settled in really well. We couldn’t be any happier with the preschool.
In recent weeks Holly has been singing different songs to her usual ones and I wondered if they were from the practicing they’ve been doing for the concert. It’s always so lovely to hear your child sing, remembering the words and getting them a bit jumbled up or missing bits out. It’s all part of the cuteness of it.
I popped the date of the concert in my diary and I asked my mum if she would like to come along too, which of course she did. As it fell on a Friday and Andy normally works from home, he was hoping that he would be able to come too.
The weeks have raced by recently and the week of the Spring Concert arrived. It was also Comic Relief Day and Alice had to wear red to school, plus she was staying at school for film night too. It was a busy morning on Friday getting them both ready for their different events happening that day.
As I drove to school that morning and looked in my rear view mirror, seeing my two girls all ready for the fun day they both had ahead. It made me feel quite emotional, how had I got to this point. My two girls are growing up so fast at the moment.
We dropped Alice off at school and then on we went to Holly’s preschool, she had to be dropped off at 9am. I was then coming back later for the concert to start at 11am. She skipped in happily and I could see the stage and chairs all set up ready for the dress rehearsal they were going to have, before playing outside ahead of the concert starting.
When I arrived home Andy and I were chatting about Holly. I will admit that we both thought that there was no chance she would sit still on that stage for the whole time. She is a little girl that is constantly on the go. Or we thought that she was going to spot us and want to get off the stage to sit with us.
And do you know what, if that had happened that would’ve been ok. She is only two years old and sitting on a stage in front of a big crowd of adults must seem quite scary for a little one.
Thankfully Andy was able to come too and along with my mum we headed off and took our seats. The curtains were closed and we could hear the sounds of little feet making their way onto the stage. Andy and I gave a nervous glance to each other as we waited for the curtains to draw back.
As they did, it took me a while to spot Holly, but there she was sat on the bench looking out to the audience trying to spot us. She spotted Andy first as he was on the end and started waving. Then she spotted me and with a beaming smile give me a wave. The music then started and the moment of truth!
Well I couldn’t have been more prouder of our little girl. She sat, she sang and she did the actions too. Yes, there were some songs she didn’t know the words too, but that’s ok. She joined in when she could. But she sat the whole way through, which is a long time for a two year old. She would give us a little wave every now and again and she was just adorable.
I glanced over at Andy and he was just beaming. He was so proud of his little girl. As was I.
As the concert ended and the children were lead off the stage and out to the back. We waited for her to be brought through and when she did, I got the biggest hug.
I’m so lucky that I can be the mummy that can be at all these moments in my girls life, and I don’t take it for granted. These are the moments that I want to remember forever. My little girls first concert and she was amazing!