Why I Saw Mulan Four Times

 “You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back.”

— William D. Tammeus

My twin daughters were in the Whitford Middle School production of Mulan this spring.  This afternoon was the last performance. They weren’t in starring roles, yet my wife and I attended four shows.

One might ask, “Why attend so many?” Here are a few reasons:

  • Showing up tells our daughters that their activities are important. Showing up tells our daughters that they are important.

    The Whitford Middle School cast of Mulan

  • Coming only once could have sent a message that we were coming because we were obligated to.
  • Middle school drama productions are about laughter, building confidence and energy. That positive energy feeds back to us.
  • Weekend chores can wait a few hours.
  • We get to know the drama director, other parents, and other teachers better in an informal setting. That helps us understand the people who influence our daughters better.
  • Some of the kids’ talent is just incredible.
  • All of the kids’ courage to get on stage is inspiring. Especially the shy kids.
  • We show up because our daughters want us there, even if they don’t say it.
  • We love them.

Congrats Tessa and Hayle! You did great!

Today’s gift of time … Attended the final performance of my daughters’ drama production of Mulan. There is nowhere I’d rather be on a Saturday afternoon.


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About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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