November 29, 2013

The Show Must Go On

... except when the school nurse says "no" or in our case "nein."

My daughter had a solo and small part in the school choir concert yesterday. She also woke up with a fever.

There have been days in the past when she felt sick in the morning and she was feeling normal by lunch time. I'm lucky that she is rarely sick, so I know she's not trying to get out of school. Yet. That's what the teenage years are for, right?

Now, the showgirl in me wanted my daughter to go to school anyway and tough it out. Fever be damned. And that's what I did. Kind of. Her fever went down and she went off to school for the afternoon and I was planning to see her performance at 6 pm.

The mother in me took a back seat and didn't want her skip the play to stay home and recover.

But the mother in me got called to get to school at 4 pm to take my daughter home immediately. The school nurse said she had to go. The school nurse also told the showgirl in the choir director my daughter could not stay. The showgirl in me knew not to argue with the school nurse.

Let me tell you, there are no school nurses in ice shows. There are paychecks to be collected and jobs to stay in, so showgirls skate and don't sit it out too much. I bet any of you performers out there would agree that your body tends to break down on your day off. That's when it can.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, showgirls are tough!