Dreams of Singing

Aug 3, 2009

The other night, my 6-year-old daughter, Jordan, and I were watching America’s Got Talent. I Tivo it and she and I have a routine of watching a few of the acts before she goes to bed each night.

During the show, Jordan turned to me, as she often does while we watch and said, “Mommy, what if I was on America’s Got Talent?”

I gave my usual answer of, “That’d be really exciting, honey.”

We watched a few more acts. On this particular night, it seemed that many of the performances were rather terrible and were being treated accordingly by the judges.

After one incredibly horrible performance, Jordan turned to me and said, “Mommy, what if the judges told me that I was a bad singer and that I should never come back and sing again?”

I paused. This was a tough one to answer. On one hand, I don’t want to squashed her dreams, but on the other . . . well, let’s just say I’ve heard enough singing in the car to know that this could very well be the outcome if she were to someday go and audition for the show.

So, I tried to answer in the most careful way I could. I said, “I would say to you, ‘Honey, the judges are very smart and if they think that singing is not your thing, then maybe you should pursue some other kind of talent.’”

Honestly, I thought I handled that question quite well.

But, at my words, her face dropped and her shoulders sagged.

“Was that not what you wanted me to say?” I asked her.

She shook her head.

“Okay, sweetie. What would you want me to do?”

Without missing a beat she said to me, “I’d want you to punch them in the nose.”


I guess I could do that, too.


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