He got the part of a shepherd boy and has practiced 'taking a knee' for the part, saying that he wanted to stay just the way his football coach taught him how to sit during practice.
I didn't know exactly how taking a knee like he does in football would look during the middle of a manger scene, but we were eager for the performance nonetheless.
When time for the play finally came, Preston was dressed from head to toe in his cute little shepherd costume. He walked across the stage with the other adorable kids and took his place.
Preston usually has the biggest smile and we expected him to beam from ear to ear. For whatever reason though, he looked serious...angry even. His little brow furrowed as he took his place beside the manger.
Elbowing my husband, I whispered, "What's wrong with him? Is he scared?" Adam shrugged his shoulders and shook his head.
For the whole scene, little Preston knelt motionless, looking like the grumpiest shepherd...ever.
When the play was over, we all hugged and kissed him, telling him how great the whole play was. The school and the kids put so much work into it, making it beyond impressive for such little ones.
Getting in the car, I leaned back, "Preston, were you okay up there during your part?"
"Were you upset about something?"
"Well Buddy, why did you look so angry?"
"I wasn't angry. I was serious."
"Serious? What do you mean, serious?"
"Well, my teacher said, that she didn't want anyone goofing around. She said that she wanted us all to be serious, so I was."
Putting my hand over my mouth, I turned back around and tried to hold in my giggle. Adam shook his head laughing as we drove away.
"You did a good job being serious, little man. We really liked the play."
A few seconds out of the parking lot, Preston nodded, "Yeah, you know it is a serious thing to take a knee for Jesus...so that's what I did."
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