When was the last time you were embarrassed? How do you react to embarrassment?
Once in our college, our teacher Sr. Barbara Jeans was looking for students for Shakespeare’s play, The Twelfth night. I hoped she would not pick me, I was extremely shy and nervous. Suddenly she looked at me and said, “Chaman , are you interested?”
I told her I wasn’t. The teacher then looked for other girls who’d be interested. There was one part no one wanted, it was that of the priest. The teacher was frantic, she asked my friend Evie if she could suggest someone. Without batting an eyelash Evie said, “Make Chaman take the part, it’s only a short one.”
Sr. Barbara Jean announced ,”Yes Chaman you have to take the part.”
I couldn’t refuse I took the part. On the day of the play, I was extremely nervous, I felt even the few lines I had to repeat might be difficult.
I remember waiting on the right side of the stage waiting to come to the front , I walked two or three steps and prayed all that time I wouldn’t collapse, to my surprise the lines came out of my mouth like a parrot. I was relieved when I did my part. The audience clapped , one of them said : “The teacher should have given her the longer part.”
Little did they know how hard it was for me to deliver those lines. Was I embarrassed ? Certainly.
I always used to hide myself when the teacher looked for kids to play certain parts in the plays that were staged in our school.
When I taught in school I made it a point , to pick the shy kids in my class to play the important parts to overcome the shyness. 🙂