Friday, January 21, 2011

On the other Foot

Usually, I am the one facing rejection when it comes to my writing and other new things I try, but this week the shoe was on the other foot.

We had auditions for our spring show this year, and I had to choose between my little darlings. Their bright little faces were so enthusiastic about auditioning for the show, and when I told them it was a funny murder mystery about an old family curse in a castle in Scotland, their little eyes got big and I could tell they wanted in the show SO BADLY.

Alas, there were only 11 parts, and at least 20 kids showed up to try out. It is very hard to be the rejector. I posted the list this morning, and tried not to look out my window and see their little faces droop.

When I was in high school, I had directors who would refuse to even come to school on the days where casting or honor choirs were announced. Thankfully, most of my kids are mature enough not to throw a fit or anything like that, but I think many of them went home with a heavy heart today.

Ah, well, the show must go on, and next time might be right for the little ones who just weren't loud or sparkly enough to make the show. For the moment, I know what it must feel like to be an editor who has to reject people on a daily basis. Neither shoe is a very comfortable one.


  1. I can see how that could be very painful, especially since you know how it feels...but I am glad you do, because it gives you compassion, something that doesn't always last for people put in that spot continually. At least if they are rejected, its by someone who they know cares about them and respects them, something we never really got.

  2. These would probably be best suited to a ballet dancer that was used to walking on points ... ouch! they look unbelievably painful. Bring on soft and comfortable fashion shoes - it would be so nice if someone would make them!!!!