When he was little, he cried whenever his parents left his side (like every day at preschool). He hid behind his parents when people came to visit.
Well, Max grew, and grew, and grew until he became a very large teenager. (He barely even fits in this picture.)
And he wasn't scared to leave his parents anymore. (They were happy if he said goodbye before he left for school in the morning).
And he didn't hide from new people anymore.
In fact, by now, Max was so big and brave and not shy anymore that he was in his school play. A musical. He danced (sort of), and sang, and wore a skirt. (I mean a kilt! a kilt!)
And his parents were kind of amazed and excited and proud of the whole thing.
P.S. On the morning of the play, Max did say goodbye to his mommy. And then he just stood there for a few moments, not going anywhere. And his mother (who is quite fetching, I might add) realized that even though Max was big and brave and not shy anymore, he was feeling a little nervous, and so she gave him a hug and a kiss. And then off he went.
The moral of the story is: Even though you might think you don't like the music of Gilbert and Sullivan, after watching Pirates of Penzance, you will come to realize that their tunes are quite catchy, and that's probably why everyone likes them so.