what’s this fickle spring
you come in like an aardvark
and out like a ram?
image credits: the daily city, country living
as my son-in-law returns late tonight from a trip working with children in haiti, and his wife, my daughter, prepares to soon leave to do the same in kenya, i am struck by the unending giving spirit and nature of people in this world who understand we are all one. i look to each of them as models, for me and for others, and i plan to follow in their footsteps and do the same.
to eldest daughter, h. remember the time we were in the store and saw the matching socks and bought them because they were so odd and decided to change our plans, and instead wore them to the giant multi-plex theater, and bought a massive tub of popcorn and keg o’ soda and raisinets and paid for the first movie, but snuck into the others and spent the day there, laughing and watching and feeling like happy criminals? just wondered.
our annual classical music concert.
a chance for the kinders to see the big kids, (4th and 5th grades),
perform a musical show for them.
a chance to see the possibilities in their own future.
it is a challenge for some of the littles to sit through this event.
they need to move,
and for some, it is moving in a very different way.
one such kinder caught up in all the magic of the music,
with wide sparkling eyes,
and a face covered with a rapturous smile,
and arms moving with every note,
whispered the most wonderful reaction,
‘miss k, my ears are dancing!!’
and i thought this to be the perfect description of how music can really move a person.
great evening at the tap room, a classic no-frills, neighborhood bar in nearby ypsilanti
i went there with a family whose sons i’ve taught and stayed close to as they’ve grown.
the night was organized by alex and his wife who own the ann arbor music center
and the rock band school for children and musicians of all ages
alex is a powerful musician in his own right, who plays, teaches, and builds guitars.
he works with local businesses and festivals to give his young bands a chance to play real gigs around town.
on this night, the place was standing room only, kids sat in front of the stage, and musician, theo katzman
stopped by to support the kids in the bands, and sat with the young fans on the floor.
a’s band was amazing. everyone in it is 9-10 years old and played their hearts out.
a is on keyboards and his beloved teacher played with them and is the vocalist.
tonight we heard them play green day, cheap trick, and beatles.
and it was a musical wonder.
there were photogs, and fans, and musicians, and families, and joy all around.
and the kids were so proud.
but none was so proud as alex.