Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Veterans Day Solo

Do you remember me telling you about how Monkey rocked it out during the second grade performance last spring? It was awesome. And, I’m not just saying that because he’s my kid. He was animated and happy, and he got his groove on the entire time.

This year his class is performing for Veterans Day. He told me about two weeks ago that he wanted to try out for a solo. That was pretty much all I heard about it. He never wanted to practice the solo, no matter how much coaxing and prodding I did. I let it go and knew that if anyone could memorize a few lines of lyrics, he could.
The other day they had auditions. Mind you, they took place during the lunch recess. For him to give up a portion of his favorite school activity shows how excited he was about it. The next day I heard that they had call backs and that Monkey had been invited back for a second audition.
The following letter came home in Monkey’s backpack today:
This is a quick note to let you know that your child has accomplished something that will make you extremely proud!!!
As you know, the third graders have been working diligently on two special songs they will perform for our Veterans Day assemblies. We held auditions for the third grade solos last week. We had an incredible turnout as over 40 students tried out for these solos! As you probably already know, your child was chosen as a finalist!!!
I am extremely proud, indeed.
He will be one of four soloists and I can hardly wait to see him perform his solo on Thursday! There is something so amazing about a kid who has a hard time connecting with people socially, yet desires to perform. He may only have a few lines in a third grade performance, but I see these moments as great strides and can only hope that he will gain more confidence from the experience. 

Of course, I secretly want him to steal the show. That’s not a bad thing, is it?  
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