As the teacher explained to all the students what they would be doing Jaden listened quite well. Then the teacher asked who wanted to be Mary. Of course, there was only one little girl there who really could have done it - but she had asked.
She didn't hear Jaden who, after thinking about it for a second said, "I want to be Mary."
After she talked to the little girl about being Mary she continued to ask each of the children what they wanted to be and gave them suggestions. When she got to Jaden she asked him if he wanted to be a shepherd. He said, "No, I'm going to be Mary." She tried again and asked if he wanted to be an angel instead. He said, "No, I'm going to be Mary!"
They tried to convince him that a girl had to be Mary and that he was a boy. Daddy worked to convince him that little boys could be angels or shepherds, then when they got bigger they could be a king, or maybe even Joseph.
I hear this persisted throughout the rest of the practice AND when he got home and Daddy told us Jaden was going to be a shepherd in the program Jaden said, "No, I'm going to be Mary!"