There are all kinds of fish in the sea!

Shark Lucas

This evening my 7 year old, (that’s a picture of him as a cool Hammerhead card shark), performed in the school first grade play called “Go Fish!”  The story was about inclusion:  A Tiger Shark wants to be friends with a 7 legged octopus, a clown fish who isn’t funny, a star fish who can’t carry a tune, and so on.  They are all afraid of the shark at first, and then they think he’s crazy for wanting to be friends with a bunch of imperfect sea creatures.  In the end, he eats them – just kidding!  No, of course, they all come to appreciate one another and recognize that it takes all kinds to make the ocean / world a beautiful place.  The interesting thing about this is my 7 year old did not get the message at all despite having rehearsed the show for weeks.  He just thought it was about a tiger shark who wanted friends.  He didn’t get that all of the creatures were feeling worried about being judged because they were different than their species.  He didn’t get the point that it was about the world needing all types to be beautiful.  He understood it very literally.  “They were just fish, Mom!”  So I wonder if this sort of play with a good message is so the parents will be happy, or if the introduction to these metaphors and concepts will sink in over time? Either way he had a great time performing and was dedicated to practicing and preparing for it. (It even inspired him to check out a book about sharks at the library).


2 thoughts on “There are all kinds of fish in the sea!

  1. Lovely picture, he does look like he had fun. You made me laugh “and the shark ate them”. You bring up a great point, in my opinion the idea of the play might gradually sink in. If anything he may be doing the same thing we are doing at some point. He might reflect on his childhood experiences when he gets older and think to himself, that is what they meant. In any case if he had fun doing it, it may have made a difference for a student that did not feel included.

  2. Great post! It makes me wonder how your son thinks of the story to begin with, meaning, maybe he includes everyone in playtime, et cetera. Have you asked him about his friends/classmates and related it to him in that way?

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