Talent show, at least that is what it was on the surface but down deep lying underneath all the false smiles was something a little more insidious. Last year my Granddaughter won 2nd place in the show. She sang This is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas. She was wonderful and she worked so hard on this years presentation to be even better. She sang The Worst Pies In London from Sweeney Todd with the English accent. It was brilliant. During tryouts she was told by the teacher running it that if she wanted to win she should choose a different song. Something more relevant or contemporary, like Annie. When she tried to explain how hard she had been working and how much she liked the song and felt it was relevant, she was told if she sang the song she would not win. Her Mother got involved and the teacher denied having said it and no one is going to side with a 13 year old girl against a teacher, except her family. After much consideration she decided to sing it anyway, her integrity being more important than winning. Deep down none of us believed that this teacher would be so unfair as to influence the judges against her. We were wrong. She did not even place in the top 3. I sat there flabbergasted by what had happened. She got the most applause and her performance was without mistake. The winner did a flag routine, she did it well but it was not a competitive level routine.
I am always proud of her for the woman she is becoming but I was especially proud of her this evening for how she handled this unfair loss. She learned a hard lesson for one so young. This teacher set out to prove a point and she used her friends to do it. They should grow up and get rid of their Peyton Place mentality.
These were the judges and I would love to believe that they voted their conscience and did not shatter a young girls hopes on the whim of a friend. But in a day where Mothers stalk teenage girls on the internet and drive them to suicide, I am quickly losing my faith in humanity. The kids are expected to play these kinds of mind trip games in middle school not the teachers.
Here she is cheering for the winner. She is genuinely happy for the girl who won though disappointed for herself. If all the other kids had been so far above her with their talent I would not feel this way. If the teacher had not said what she did I would not feel this way. But sometimes you just have to get angry and cry foul. Since this is my blog and I can say whatever I damm well want, I’m saying the whole thing stinks and their behavior was unethical and if I could prove it I would file a complaint with the Superintendent.
Even though she didn’t win I am still giving her the Girl Power nod for having grace under fire and being the bigger person, for standing up for herself and not selling out her integrity by singing a different song. I love you K. and I am so very proud of the way you are dealing with this nonsense. I am just sorry you have to.