IT was like a scene from an hilarious sitcom, as well as being one of the cutest moments I can remember.
My son’s first nativity play epitomised what it is like to be a proud parent, but also gave me a glimpse of the annoying ‘mega-parent’.
My husband and I got to the church hall a good 20 minutes before start time, mostly by accident because we had gone Christmas shopping beforehand. Never mind, we thought, at least we will get a seat near the front.
WRONG! Much to my amazement, the church hall was already half full with folks cramming into the first few rows to get the best possible view.
So we took our place on the end of the aisle and waited for the moment the group of little monkeys (I mean angels) arrived.
In the meantime other parents arrived, pushing and shoving their way into the last ‘good seats’, negotiating the early birds who were not going to move for anyone.
And then, of course, there was the one parent who broke the ‘two people per child’ rule and brought five people.
Anyway, the tiny cries of ‘awwww’ came as the tots entered the tiny church hall dressed as shepherds, kings and angels.
My own little man was one of four donkeys for his first big production.
Cue mad waving and shouts of ‘Mummy, look at me’ from my son while the staff tried to get the remaining stragglers into position.
And while half the parents in the church sat and took in how cute all the youngsters looked, the mega-parents rushed to the front and jostled for position to get the best paparazzi shot.
After being sent back to their seats like naughty children by staff, the next tool of the ‘mega parent’ came out in abundance – the iPad – totally blocking everyone’s view behind them.
And so his big moment arrived – the four of them lined up and sung Little Donkey. That is, until one suddenly bolted to his mum and dad. My son then stopping singing, suddenly thought ‘well, why I am still here then?’ and followed suit.
He didn’t want to go back without me so I found myself the unlikely participant of the production and sat on the side with him for the rest of the show. Thank goodness I had been practising the words too!