Today, my four year old and I went to see my six year old in the first grade Thanksgiving play at our local parish school. It’s nice because all the grades comes down to watch it too and since I pretty much have a kid in every grade it’s like a little family reunion.
So all the first graders came out in pilgrim hats and they suffered through the cramped spaces on the Mayflower. It was my six year old who first spotted America. Yay us.
So all the kids line up pretending to be on land and the narrator says, “It was a harsh winter and some of them died.”
Suddenly half of the first graders just dropped to the ground. Boom. Dead.
And then uproarious laughter from all the parents and kids who were just so surprised. All I could think was that I’ve seen lots of Thanksgiving plays but this is the first time they killed half the class. Normally they skip that part.
Don’t worry all the dead pilgrims came back to life as Native Americans.
And later in all the kids even pretended to hunt for food with invisible guns. And the pilgrims and the Indians all prayed together. Gasp!
I can’t help but think that this wouldn’t go on in a public school.
I saw one of the parents of another first grader while the four year old and I ran across the street to 7-11 for Gulps and Chocolate Milk. I asked him if his kid had survived the harsh winter.
“No,” he said ruefully. “But she was the first to hit the ground at least.”
“There’s mercy in that,” I told him and we laughed.
November 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm
LOL…that is hilarious. I can only hope when my kids get big enough to be in a play, it'll be just like that.
November 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm
This is so funny! I love it!
November 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm
Attended my third-grader's Readers Theater Thanksgiving play this morning with my 3-year old at our parish school. The part that elicited the most chuckles was the Indians carrying in the deer they had caught for dinner – various stuffed animals with their taped ankles hanging over a post. Great stuff!
November 21, 2011 at 8:45 pm
I am sorry I missed it.
November 22, 2011 at 12:53 am
Too, too cute, loved it!!!
November 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm
I hope you got it on film!
November 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm
Good stuff! But I would have been REALLY impressed if the play would have centered about the "real first Thanksgiving" in St. Augustine, Florida, and flipped their noses at the pilgrims on Plymouth Rock!
November 23, 2011 at 5:29 am
In keeping our focus on what Thanksgiving Day is all about and to Whom we are to direct our thanks, I found this article noteworthy for families.