Yesterday was the last day of school for the boys and they both had Christmas plays. Max dressed up as an angel and sang with his classmates. As for Leo’s play, guess who made a cameo appearance!? That’s right, yours truly!! They had a presentation of “Los Reyes” (The Three Kings) and I was one of the kings. I got a little nostalgic, remembering when I starred in the Sound of Music in 7th grade. By “starred in” I mean I had one solo line: “She’s always late for chapel.”“Los Reyes” are supposed to be real, much like Santa Claus. One of the kings is black — that’s how I scored the part, no auditions necessary! They usually paint a non-black person with brown paint. What can I say, one country’s blackface is another country’s Christmas tradition. They originally asked Marta (Spanish mom) to play the coveted roll of the black king. She declined but told them she knew just the person for the role. While I was onstage, the kids kept on touching my hands to see if my skin color would rub off, their little faces were so excited when they realized I was “real.” They were asking me all kinds of questions, most of which I couldn’t understand because they were speaking Catalan. I did hear one girl ask “Ets una nena?“ Which means are you a girl and of course I shook my head no. Normally Los Reyes take turns reading the kids’ Christmas wish list, but the teacher told them that I lost my voice and the other two kings did all the reading (since I don‘t know how to read Catalan and my voice sounds like una nena).