Your only 9 years old and you have done many things to make me very happy and very proud. As you read these letters you will find they aren’t really in a natural progression, more so as they come to mind. But I will try to identify as best I can when they happened. Smiling and trust me, many of our shared moments come to mind open.
This particular incident occurred at the Christmas Pageant during your 3rd grade year. Your mom and dad told us you had a part in the pageant but didn’t go into specific detail.
As normal we (your grandma and I) are quite early, but that did get us good parking. And because of it we got to participate in many of the Christmas activities going on. In particular you sat and visited with me as I sipped the hot chocolate you had gotten me. We chatted about numerous things none of which changed the world but I just enjoyed that moment. By the way you were dressed to the “nines” and looked as cute as you could be (as the below picture attests).
3rd Grade Christmas Show
At long last we were advised it was time to move into the cafeteria because the show was about to begin. Much to your Grandma’s and my great astonishment as we walked into the cafeteria we found we had stepped into a full house. There must have been 300 or 400 people crammed to the space, everyone was jockeying for the best possible place to take pictures of their beloved children. Your grandma and I were trying as well, but we ended up be shoved into the corner far away from where you were performing. The program was simple enough that allowed full participation from your choir.
Of course I don’t remember the entire program, I do remember the trash can drums, and thinking that was pretty cool. Then your group came up on stage. If memory serves you were in the 2nd row, about 5 or 6 right to left across the stage, and I know your mom or dad will be able to tell me exactly where you stood. Your group performed a couple of songs and I remember watching you from the back 40 of the cafeteria and thinking she is really into it tonight.
After either the 2nd or third song there as a shift in the performers on the stage. You came down from your perch and took a position center stage before the microphone and waited as appropriate. When the music again started you began reading your part from the script you before you on the music stand. I was astonished by how clearly you read your part, the clarity of your voice, how you announced each word correctly, and with the changes in inflection of your voice as you read. It was amazing to see such a young lady with so much poise.
I remember thinking when I was your age I could barely say my own name without sounding even more childish than I was. I also remember how surprised I was with your ease in front of all those cameras, the flash of pictures being taken, and how all the movement around you did phase you at all. It was like watching a miniature anchorperson going thru the news. This picture shows you looking at the paper on the music stand, but as you “performed” you would look up from your page and make eye contact, a feat I didn’t feel comfortable doing until I was well into my 20’s. Yet it appeared so normal for you.
You are extremely photogenic, and it showed in how presented yourself before that large crowd. Smiling I can almost see an actress in the making, the smiling a leading lady, or the anchor of the evening news.
Cari, I had seen you perform a few times before this event, and while your were a good and active participate, you seemed to hold back a little. This time you were all in and your performance was outstanding. It was so much fun to watch, and even more fun to brag about you later. Take care, Love, Grandpa
Folks, as always if you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to send them to me. Take care, Bill