Romeo, Juliet and 5th Graders


My 5th grader just had their play on Romeo and Juliet. He played Lord Montague because he said he didn’t want to be Romeo. It’s funny because the girl who plays Juliet likes him a lot. But anyways, the 5th graders presented this to their parents inside their classrooms so they didn’t have costumes nor props. The only thing they had was a backdrop they did themselves. The performers did a good job memorizing their lines but their facial expressions could use some work. There wasn’t even any tone or feelings in their voices. Their faces looked stoic all throughout the play. But of course, as parents, we watched and beamed whenever our kids delivered their lines perfectly word for word.

According to their teacher, the kids who played Romeo and Juliet can’t even stand in the same side of the room as the other. And you can tell that they still felt self-conscious the whole time. “Romeo” kept fidgeting and “Juliet” had her head bowed down the whole time. Then you know that this is indeed the age of awareness. It used to be that they did not care about each other. They used to tease each other endlessly and play with no cares in the world. This time though you can see how conscious they are. As a parent, you can’t help but feel amused and sad at the same time. Amused because your child is growing up and sad because, well, your child is growing up.

Looking at my son’s classmate, I can’t help but notice how they’ve grown and the changes they have undergone. Below are some of the changes I noticed in my 10 year old:

  1. Heย is getting taller.
  2. His voice has gotten deeper.
  3. He’s wearing glasses because he has poor vision now from reading too much but he said most kids and adults in school complemented him on how “professional” he looks.
  4. He told me one of his female classmates likes him. I asked if he liked her too and he just shrugged. I told him it’s okay to like somebody. He assured me he’ll tell me once he does find someone he likes.
  5. He’s into youtube and music videos.
  6. He’s getting conscious about his looks – he constantly checks if he looks fat and makes a conscious effort to exercise. And he combs his hair now! ๐Ÿ˜‰

One thing remains constant though – he still constantly teases his younger brother and makes his life miserable. I brace for the summer. When they are in each other’s faces and constantly invading each other’s personal space.

He’s going to be in 6th grade next year. And one Mom warned me of the impending doom. “They’re going to be very difficult”, she said. “So be prepared”. Gee thanks!

Published in: on June 20, 2007 at 10:40 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. Naku, nagbibinata na yang anak mo. Handa ka na ba? Ok lang yan, si Gaby nga she’s only 4 but feeling dalaga na. Now you can tell yourself, you know exactly what your parents felt when you were that age ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. wow! Nagbibinata na…. Ako kaya, I wonder how it feels if balang araw merong dumating na manliligaw sa anak ko… hayyy… :\

  3. @Kong: Onga, binata na anak ko, hinahanda ko na ang sarili ko. “di magtatagal ikaw din kay Gaby ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @Lizzz: Naku, bantayan ng husto ang LJ sa mga manliligaw! ๐Ÿ™‚

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