This week Little Geek Shui and I had one of our impromptu lessons. This time, though, I was the student, and he was the teacher.
He approached me and innocently asked if I wanted to be in his Christmas show. With him being eight years old, I assumed it was to be some sort of game in his room. I was wrong.
No, Little Geek Shui had bigger things planned. My “yes” was apparently the final element necessary to bring his not-so-evil plan to fruition.
He promptly presented me with a two-page script for his Christmas show. Written for two players, it included witty dialogue and musical numbers. My role was to be that of the “Head Elf”. He, of course, would be “Santa Claus”. The plan was to perform it for our family on Christmas day.
The surprises didn’t stop there. He informed me that he had emailed me a schedule for rehearsals and things (read: props) we would need. With the great deal of thought that had obviously gone into the project, there was no way I could back out.
So, on Christmas morning, you’ll find me performing in “Christmas Eve”. Where is the Little Geek Shui Lesson in all this? It’s a simple, yet important, one. Little Geek Shui reminded me how important holidays with family are. They’re the times when we create memories that will stay with us long after children are grown and out on their own. Those memories are what give us strength when things are tumultuous. They are what make us…us.
His exuberance and desire to do something big that people will remember forever makes me proud to be his father. Thusly, I would be remiss not to say, “Thank you, Little Geek Shui.” It seems the student has become the master…at least for today.
In closing, I invite you to enjoy the incriminating evidence I’ve posted herein that proves what a great kid Little Geek Shui is. If you’re a Broadway producer, feel free to give Little Geek Shui a call.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!