Town Mouse

Launch­ing the hol­i­days

Country Life Every Week - - TOWN & COUNTRY -

IT’S hard not to feel a vi­car­i­ous twinge of ex­cite­ment at the prospect of the end of the school term. The com­pli­ca­tions of do­mes­tic life may be strik­ingly in­creased in the weeks ahead, but the ev­i­dent de­light that the chil­dren feel at the prospect of the hol­i­days—a seem­ingly end­less fu­ture with­out home­work—is in­fec­tious. So too is their plea­sure in the var­i­ous end-of-year rit­u­als, such as the per­for­mance of class plays for par­ents. These are al­ways timed with a com­plete dis­re­gard for the de­mands of the or­di­nary work­ing day and there have been times where my wife and I have had to miss them. On those oc­ca­sions, the drama and histri­on­ics on the stage must have been a shadow of those we ex­pe­ri­enced at home.

For­tu­nately, this year, we man­aged one play each. Mine was set in the African plain with pha­lanxes of chil­dren in home­made an­i­mal cos­tumes be­ing ush­ered on and off the stage to sing songs. There was a con­tin­u­ous di­a­logue of smiles, waves and mouthed greet­ings ex­changed be­tween the ac­tors and the au­di­ence. The plot went over my head, but ev­ery­one wanted the per­for­mance to be a tri­umph and, of course, re­gard­less of long stage waits, stage fright and oc­ca­sion­ally hes­i­tant de­liv­ery, it was. JG

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