A day or two before the tea party Simon and I were walking home from school and he was reciting every one else's lines in the program. I had seen his teachers handing out slips of paper to parents with the words their child needed to memorize. I asked Simon if he had a part and he said no. I was kind of disappointed, because I knew he would do a good job, and I know his teachers love his little American accent, but I figured they had their reasons. So I was totally surprised when Simon stood up and Miss Julie gave him the microphone. "Say hello" she whispered to him and he quickly obeyed.
"Hello everybody!" There were audible sighs of adoration, I'm sure there were. He then went on to recite all the words to "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" as each of the children in his class held up corresponding pictures. It was such a proud mama moment. He was a star!