Last week, the kids' school held its annual talent show as part of Catholic Schools Week. It was no surprise that Annika was itching to participate, but was a little stumped on what to do for her talent. Conor tends to be a bit shier than Annika, so I have to admit that I was a little surprised when he said that he also wanted to perform in the talent show.
After a little head scratching, I was struck with the idea that Annika could sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" while also performing the song in American Sign Language. The song was short enough that I knew she'd be able to learn the signs quickly and master the whole thing prior to the show.
I found two cute jokes for Conor to tell, thinking that, too, would be easy for him to master in the allotted timeframe. Thanks to the Internet, I was able to unearth two very cute, age-appropriate jokes for him: "What is a pirate's favorite state? Arrrrrrkansas!" and "What do you do if you find a green dragon? What for it to get ripe." (insert laugh track here.)
One requirement to participate in the talent show (which is organized by Conor's marvelous teacher, by the way) is each child has to perform his/her act a week or two ahead of time to make sure it is an approved act. When Eric picked up the kids the day of "auditions" (no child is turned away), Eric was told that Conor decided to forego his jokes for whistling. He's very proud of his ability and at the last minute, tossed plan A (the jokes) out of the window and went with plan B (riffing some whistling).