“Drama Class!!!” they exclaimed in unison. “You're having a drama class, Mom?” they just couldn’t quite believe it. (I really enjoy it when they remember that I am actually a person, who might have my own interests that don't involve them!)
So off I went to Cafe Covie to meet up with Miss Fiona Gosling (aka Miss Fruitcake). I was delighted to see that a dear friend of mine was also joining us, as well as some delightful ladies that I knew less well or hardly at all. Up we went to the air-conditioned comfort of the Drama Room on level 2 in J block, all anticipation and a few nervous giggles.Fiona gave us a warm welcome and inspirational chat about the plan for the workshop we started to relax with the ice-breaker exercise, which was great fun. Try this at your place; gather the family into a circle and take it in turn to go around the circle each person saying one of these words in capitals. ‘ONE’ ‘DUCK’ has ‘TWO’ ‘LEGS’ and it went ‘QUACK’. ‘TWO’ ’DUCK’S have ‘FOUR’ ‘LEGS’ and they went ‘QUACK’, ‘QUACK’. ‘THREE’ ‘DUCKS’ have ‘SIX’ ‘LEGS’ and they went ‘QUACK’, ‘QUACK’, ‘QUACK’... Continue on as long as you can. If someone gets it wrong you can start from the beginning. We found it very funny and a great way to get to know people!
Next we were encouraged to imagine painting our own name in pretty colours, on a canvas in the air (mine was very neat, in shades of pink and purple while others imagined six foot letters or bright, luminescent colours. What would your name look like if you painted it?) We were invited to walk about with Pinocchio's nose and speed around the room on imaginary ice skates. We worked in pairs to make various letters of the alphabet from our bodies and we worked in teams to tell and act out a silly story about a five tier wedding cake that had salt instead of sugar in it. I found that it was exciting to be so creative and inventive about '''my own little thing'', to be downright invigorated through games and exercises. And as we unpeeled our creativity the barriers of fear and hesitation were dissolved. It was a great way to get to know other Covie Moms. I felt less burdened by the daily minutia and filled up with God's joy.When I collected the children this afternoon they competed with each other to talk about their adventures for the day. Suddenly the little one asked; "What was your day like Mom?" Well I had a great time pretending to be a gorilla who had escaped from the zoo with a baby elephant and an iguana in a hot air balloon. I was having a lovely time until the balloon got a hole in it and we all crashed down to Earth." The children weren't too sure if I had lost my mind but I think they're all please that I was in such a great mood.