…what price a child’s delight?…

…after reading a great piece on Facebook about a stage actor’s wonderfully positive reaction to a child making some noise in the audience during performance time, it took me back down memory lane… I recall, many years ago, taking my daughter to see Phantom of the Opera in London when she was only 6 years old…

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…being from Manila in the Philippines, it was her first ever occasion to be in London, and certainly the first time ever to see a live theatre show… her amazement at the ‘live movie’ on stage mesmerised her… she bagan to shriek with delight and point to various characters as they performed, with audible comments about them, half in English, half in her native Tagalog… I was loving watching her delight,… then some people in front of us turned and gave us ‘the stare’ and ‘the tut-tut’ with attendant mutterings… my reaction was to smile at them and then start to join in with my daughter’s pointing and remarks… within a minute, other, different, audience members around us started to do the same, with great smiles and applause at what was going on onstage… the ‘narkers‘ walked out soon after, with marginally louder mutterings and looks that would kill, if they had  mattered… their exit elicited applause from our new-found allies… the performance was enhanced for all of us who remained, I’m sure, and no problems from the stage… my daughter was in such glee to join in the audience applause at the end when the cast were taking their bows, and called out, ‘can we stay and watch it again, Papa’… it was one of the most wonderful memories I have of my daughter… and would I do that again?… you bet your sweet whatsit I would!… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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9 responses to “…what price a child’s delight?…

  1. You did it! Great post, Seumas! 💖

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  2. Their spontaneous joys and reactions are priceless 🙂

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  3. That was just great, Seumas. Children make wonderful remarks. I asked my daughter, age two at the time, what she wanted to be when she grew up. She told me seriously, “A frog.” 😀

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  4. That was just great, Seumas. Children say wonderful things. I asked my daughter once when she was two what she wanted to be when she grew up. She said seriously, “A frog.” 😀

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  5. Spot on Jurassic. This is a lovely, engaging story. Thanks.

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