Last night, my son made me so proud. So, so very proud.
He performed in his first-ever band concert.
Here's a little euphonium duet:
I have been on this very stage many times myself. Music was such an important part of my identity growing up. It gave me connection to a good group of kids, many of whom I'm still close to. So, I'm thrilled for Andrew to start this journey of connecting to life-long friends and of exploring the arts. For him to take his first musical steps in the same place I took mine makes it even sweeter.
Drew is such an amazing guy. He's so confident and willing to try new things. I keep expecting that he will be like me - inhibited and filled with performance anxiety. Ugh. I get all jiggly just thinking about getting up on a stage. I always have and I suppose that won't change. But my boy strode up with confidence and played boldly. And I nearly burst with pride.
Want to see something else really cool? A happy little reunion:
These are two of Andrew's teachers, pictured with my brothers and me. A few of you guys already know who they are. Kevin & Shirley were my youth pastors and, frankly, the only people my brothers would honor with the title of "pastor" for many years. Shirley, I'm very sorry to say, had each of my brothers in her classroom at some point. I know I would have made up for that terrible twist of fate had I been in her class, but alas, it was not meant to be. Their son was one of my dearest friends. We even went to prom together!
It goes without saying, then, that placing my baby is in their hands has made the transition to public school - and, heck, middle school - so much easier for this overprotective mommy.
This is "that week" for us. You know the one? The week in December when everything is scheduled all at once? Emma has a performance tonight and Drew has another on Saturday. In between those events, we have all the usual thisses and thats, and a Christmas party thrown in on top of it all. I promise to shamelessly parade photos of my brilliant offspring across this page. When I have time.