All I ever wanted to do was hide in a cupboard. It took me ages to find the guts needed to publish.
Where then has this daughter come from?
The one who can pace across the stage as if she owns it. Who can publically perform despite demons from Drama School. Who can convince audiences to laugh or cry with the character she portrays and make us believe that’s who she really is, (I know different). Who has such courage and confidence to fight the inherent shyness so many actors and actresses have. And who has grown into someone who is not what her parents are, doing things her parents could never do.
We cannot ever own all our children need to be, even though you think that’s the way of it when they’re small. Or lead them to emulate what we were.
And the biggest thing we can give our youngsters as well as wings, is the confidence which provides the lift to fly them.
I’ve just been to see my eldest in one of the Brighton Fringe productions and she was terrific on the stage – something I could never ever do.
But the performance I’m really applauding along with that one, is the courage it takes not only to do it, but to live her independent life so different from ours.
And while I bruise my palms with clapping, my soul is blushed with pride!