Last night, a very rainy night indeed, Rich and I took Jacob, David, Caleb, Seth, and Sarah with us to hear Grace’s middle school chorus concert. As we got ready to go, it felt like just another rushed activity; where’s Sarah’s blanket, I gotta iron Grace’s shirt, Seth you can’t wear David’s cleats to the concert, will Rich get home in time to ride with us, Jacob come on let’s go, where’s Caleb, we need to leave in 20 minutes, did everyone eat, I don’t have time to put the leftovers away I’m sure they’ll be fine….etc….
Grace kept saying “I need to be there by 5:58!”
Though I was trying very hard not to be, I was just a little bit frazzled.
Friends, oh my friends, the concert was amazing. I would not have missed it for the world.
You must understand, I grew up singing in my public school’s chorus. I loved it. I loved singing, practicing, following a good director, making great friends who also loved to sing, learning new songs, being challenged, performing….oh the joys of performing as a group, finally, after learning all those songs and working so hard to perfect them.
After attending a tiny private school for 2 years, and homeschool for 5 years, Grace is now a public school girl; and thriving like I’ve never seen before.
I wish you could have seen her last night. The smiles! She was up there on the risers, shoulder to shoulder with other girls, crowded together with her chorus “family” (as her director has taught them).
The director was fun, relaxed, and talented. It’s obvious the children love him. He’s a big, happy guy…and incidentally, he has a little daughter named Grace.
The songs blew me and rest of the audience (a packed house) away. They sang “California Dreaming”, “Song For the Unsung Hero”, and “Dance Evolution” (extremely fun medley, complete with choreography on risers.) The chorus was excellent; good diction, great dynamics, and lots of expression. You could tell they were thoroughly enjoying themselves.
We were watching our girl and she was smiling big and singing loud and I wiped little tears from my eyes.
At the end of the night, she came away with a reward for “The Best 7th Grade Rookie of the Year”. Her director had such praise for her as he talked about who she was, and how well she has done, and handed her a certificate in the midst of cheers from the school children, her many friends.
We were so proud of her, and her brother David clapped louder and longer than anyone in the room.