What was expected to be a typical mundane school pick up, I took my seat in my usual spot under the tree as I waited for my boys to come out of class.
I found myself joining in the conversation a mummy acquaintance was having with another mum who was sitting on the other side.
“So, yes…we were 3 rows behind Mark Ruffalo…” while swiping through photos of red carpets and fancy golden gowns.
Not your usual name drop. Or photo sharing.
Later discovering that this mum was actually jet lagged because she had just arrived back from the OSCARS as her husband was up for a nomination in the Best Producer category.
He didn’t win.
I can’t begin to imagine the pressure. Do you prepare an acceptance speech?
What about that the crucial nano second where the camera pans in on all the nominees, zooming in on subdued faces who are trying to be happy for the winner.
Do you practice your “Oh well, never mind…Next time” face?
And what does that actually look like?
At least Leo doesn’t need his anymore…
A couple of days later, our school had its own little Oscar ceremony – the very first school assembly for the year.
Potential earworm songs about recycling (to the tune of “We’ve Got The Whole World In Our Hands”), Grade 2 presentations on snails. Snails *yawn*
Merit awards handed out.
Parents waiting in anticipation to see if their child makes the cut.
Each time another child’s name is called out, there is that similar Oscars moment of disappointment but still offering a good natured hand clap.
Admittedly, I had my camera ready to capture that proud moment that never came. Quietly, I put it back in my bag along with my high expectations.
Alas, I think I have little Leo’s. Maybe it’ll take another 6 nominations. And that’s okay.
Did you follow the Oscars? Seen any of the movies that won awards? Are your school assemblies as riveting as ours?
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