As I mentioned, it's that time of year again - school performances. This week alone we have the Little Guy's piano recital and the Man-Child's jazz performance. The following week there's a Japanese Tea Ceremony (2nd grade/Year 3) followed by a Nirvana song performance at the School of Rock.
And the big question is - How much of this do I record?
We have years and years of ballet recitals on VHS tape (some have even been tranferred onto DVDs) which we never watch. Every violin screech has been lovingly recorded (we're talking over ten years here folks.) Just what constitutes reasonable parental behaviour when it comes to taping your child's every performance?
I don't mind doing it, even though I'd never win an award for "independent short movie"; it's just that I'm wondering what or who, I'm doing it for. What motivates fervent child recorders? There's a family at school who video tape (do we still use that term) their kids' every move, to the point where other parents roll their eyes when they turn up with their expensive equipment and demand a space in the very front the better to capture their prodigies. Are they hoping one of the kids will become famous and they can roll out the two year old genius footage a la Justin Bieber or Micheal Jackson? Or are they planning to present a two hour montage at one of the weddings?
Still, since I taped so much of the Queenager, I feel somewhat obliged to do the same for the boys, even though they will probably never see the footage.
What about you?