[drah-muh, dram-uh] noun
1. a composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving conflict or contrast of character, especially one intended to be acted on the stage; a play.
2. any situation or series of events having vivid, emotional, conflicting, or striking interest or results: the drama of a murder trial.
This has been a week of drama.† Some good, some† bad.† I have found out things about myself.† I donít deal well with bad drama.
Keilee was in Fine Arts Camp this week.† She was asked to be a counselor from 9-2 each day and then she had an ìAfter Hoursî camp from 3-6.† Then we had play practice from 6:30-9:00.† I was asked to help in the 1st camp, from 8:15-2:30.
It was A.Long.Week.
She loved parts of it.† In the After Hours classes, for kids 6-12 grades, she did Improv for the first time and spent hours working on drama techniques and applications.† In her Production class she learned so much about the production of a play.† The teacher of the class told me he was amazed by her ideas and her vision.† He said the other kids hung back and waited for instruction but she just took control.† It really, REALLY showed me the difference in self directed homeschooling kids.† They are used to seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
ButÖshe hated parts of it.† There was an adult who was very ugly to her and said some things that were totally uncalled for.† She didnít tell me until we got home Wednesday night.† I went into Mamma Bear mode and was ready to go hunting and she begged me to let her talk to the director of the Program herself about it.† I was really proud of her for wanting to deal with it herself.† I am not sure at 12 I would have felt comfortable doing it.† I am not comfortable doing things like that even now!† The director, who had already told me about a dozen times how much he loved Keilee, was wonderful.† He immediately came to get me and was furious with this adult.† He told her this behavior would not be accepted and we heard she was asked to leave.† She had obviously caused problems in other areas too and said some things to other kids.† It kind of put a damper on the whole experience for me to tell you the truth.
Keilee and another 12 year old girl were in charge of 23 8 year olds.† There was bad drama there too.† Bullying and tears and boo boos and feelings hurt.† I was seriously emotionally drained.† I was in tears a few times.† And I wasnít even the one dealing with her group drama.† I just helped with other things.
Keilee couldnít believe the behavior of some of the kids, the disrespect they showed the adults, the running wild, the not listening, the way they treated each other, the language.† Of course she also had kids she adored, who hung all over her and even made her cards they gave her at the final performance.
I was so surprised how many kids would say to me, ìso and so bullied meî.† BulliedÖlike it was just another verbÖ
There was also good dramaÖfun times but honestly I feel like the bad outweighed the good.
It makes me doubly thankful that we homeschool.† That our days consist of waking up on our time, learning what we want to learn, playing outside, laughing and hugs and conversation.
I learned this week that my life is such a blessing.†† And days of doing nothing sound close to heaven.
Now if we can only survive Show Week next week.† After this week it should be a walk in the park.
Linking up with Mary at “Collage Fridays”
Susan, sorry I don’t have a favorite resource, unless surviving on 5 hours a sleep a night is a resource!
ìThe stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.î† ~ Oscar Wilde