Mum refuses to go to daughter’s Christmas school play after she’s cast as a tree
A mum has come under fire for refusing to attend her daughter’s Christmas school play because she was cast as a tree.
The woman explained that her daughter’s second-grade school play was coming up and she was meant to be a singing angel.
But when she received an email from the teacher saying that her little girl wanted to be a tree instead because she didn’t want to sing, she was horrified.
She told her daughter she wouldn’t take a day off work for it as “trees don’t don’t do anything”, leaving her daughter in floods of tears.
Explaining her decision, the mum said: “I spoke to the teacher and told her absolutely not, my daughter will not be a tree and the teacher agreed.
“She said my daughter is the best singer in the class and that she even has a solo…but also that if my daughter refuses to sing, she can’t make her.”
Although she tried begging her daughter, the woman said her little girl was firm in her decision that she wanted to be a tree.
“The trees don’t do anything. Why am I going to a play to see my daughter do nothing but stand there in a tree costume?” the woman raged.
“I told my daughter that if she’s going to be a tree that day, then I’m not taking off work.
“She started crying and ran and told my husband. He was no help.
“He took her side and said that it doesn’t matter if she wants to be a tree because there’ll be more plays in the future and she might want to be something else. I told him that I would go to those plays then, but I’m not going to this one.”
She posted her situation to Reddit after her husband told her she was being “unfair”, so she wanted to know what other people thought – and it didn’t take long for enraged users to call her out.
One said: “You’re right – this should be all about you and what you want. What you want to see, what you’re comfortable with, what you want your daughter to perform.
“It’s beyond incredible that your daughter’s wishes should play any role here whatsoever and whoever thinks it’s a good idea to respect a 7-year-old’s choice of whether or not to perform like a trained seal is ridiculous.”
Another wrote: “You should support your daughter in what she wants to do.”
A third added: “The hell is wrong with you? She’s in second grade…. Suck it up and tell her she’s the best tree you’ve ever seen.”
“You should be like a tree too and grow tf up,” joked another.
After receiving so much criticism, the mum tried to explain that she had planned to take the day off when she thought her daughter was going to be a singing angel, not a tree, and that going to work instead that day would mean she made more money to buy her daughter more gifts.
But Reddit users said this was just an excuse as one wrote: “Get a grip, you asked for a judgment and you have got it!”
Although she asked Reddit users for advice, she refused to take any of it on board as she said she’ll continue to try and change her daughter’s mind and will be arranging meetings with her teacher.
“You guys are all just saying, ‘Be happy and just let her be a tree’ because it’s not your daughter. None of you can honestly tell me that if your child went from being a singing angel with a solo to a non-talking, non-moving tree, you would take off of work and sit there and be happy.
“Thank you for all the comments but, like I said, I’m going to talk to the teacher but if my daughter wants to be a tree, fine. I won’t bring it up again, I’ll buy her the stupid costume or whatever, but I’m not taking off of work for that.”