I am a VERY PROUD MUMMY! Last week my eldest daughter took to the stage in her school summer play, a production of We Will Rock You adapted from the Ben Elton musical. My daughter landed the role of Killer Queen, and she rocked it! She has never been very confident to perform in front of people before now, but she auditioned for the part at school, and she was very excited to be the leading bad guy character in the play. We Will Rock You was performed by our Year 3 (my daughter and her friends) and Year 4 children, each taking half of the performance. I am still buzzing from watching them perform and seeing how confident and talented the children are. And I am in awe of the teachers for producing such a fabulous play in just four weeks. They have worked damned hard, and they certainly deserve their summer holiday.
Towards the end of last week I spent some time musing on the character of Killer Queen. My mum, and some of the school mums told me that my daughter looked exactly like me when she took on the stern, dominating persona of Killer Queen. Apparently, she has the same stern look that I give when the children misbehave. Otherwise she generally resembles her father, poor child (I’m joking!). I decided that I quite like being equated to Killer Queen. OK, I’m not planning world domination or brainwashing people, but I would like to command a room when I enter it, and I would like a bit of presence in a crowd. I was always a shy, meek child that never answered back and never questioned authority, but I am encouraging my children to always assess the bigger picture before they fall in line. Admittedly that strategy does backfire when they question my instructions, but mostly I am happy to see my girls growing up confident, self-assured and demanding respect for themselves. And I decided that I am going to take some lessons from Killer Queen and be more assertive. It’s about time I started speaking up for myself and get what I want for a change. “Alchemy, Khashoggi. Pure alchemy!”
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