It has been a few years since Gertie's starring role as the 'hopeless camel' in the Christmas production but, a couple of weeks prior to the end of term, Eddie announced his important role in the reception nativity. He had been cast as... a donkey.
"Which end are you? Back or front?" asked his older brother, entering into the spirit.
Eddie was affronted. He pulled himself up to his full three foot height and puffed out his chest. "Actually, I'm a full donkey," he replied.
Tension mounted on the night of the performance. The tension of...could we get supper done in time to have eaten before the show? Who would babysit the bigger kids (tickets tightly rationed to a maximum of three per family)? The bigger tension of...would Hearth-Father make it from work in time to actually see the performance?
The nail-biting wait for Hearth-Father gave me time to peruse the programme and the cast list. Turns out Eddie was not just any old donkey. Oh no. He was the grey donkey. Oh yes: The full, grey donkey.
A star is born. Or something.
|Full Grey Donkey 2016|
|Hopeless Camel 2013|
Since nobody had any lines anyway, it was rather a moot point about the colour of his donkiness.
And, as an aside, there seemed to be a startling resemblance between the costume of the hopeless camel and the full grey donkey.
Currently reading: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy