Like picking up snakes and letting them wrap around their wrists, or wearing the same underwear for four days, or doing cartwheels without a sudden onset of vertigo, or...
..like performing in back to back plays where you have to sing and dance and run up and down stairs and theatre staging for an hour in front of an audience LESS THAN 12 HOURS AFTER BEING UP ALL NIGHT WITH A FLU that had your insides exiting through unnatural means.
I should back up and say that my niece, Joelle, is the family actress. See (above) how her expression leads you to believe that they were holding up that humongous boulder? (notice the other two aren't so believable, Avery looks like he's about to fall asleep and Mina looks like she's in a beauty pageant), but not my girl Joelle, she's all in.
So last night as I watched her rock it in School House Rock and got a little vehclempt as she began her first solo. I think it was her commitment that got me. I'm proud of her dedication, I don't know of many 11 year olds who would so willingly sacrifice birthday parties and family outings for the sake of the theatre. I have never heard her whine or complain about missing out on these activities. Either I'm overestimating the amount of fun we have that she's missing, or she's an extraordinarily responsible child, and my hunch is the latter.