Of course now Ms. Baggs is going to want a raise. I guess we could negotiate about more pay and more duties for her.
|Crazy hair day for program|
Imagine if you will 800 differently abled children between the ages of 6 and 13, coming together for a variety show kinda deal. There were 4 program sights and all the staff and all the parents who could come to the event.
I used to go to all of Shelley's to do's in band, choir, performances in dance, swing choir and her college shows. There was always an air of competition. That's the nature of the beast or so I thought. These very special kids were whooping and hollering for each other. Never a slight feeling of competition but comaradery.
I haven't laughed or cried so much in a long time. So proud of all of those little sweethearts getting up on stage and singing and dancing (even the ones in wheelchairs) and those have got to be the biggest grins I've ever witnessed. So charming, so heart warming and so special. I felt humbled by their lack of guile. I felt lifted up by their sense of fun.
My grands are so fortunate to be a part of this program. They both had solo parts. Ry for his dancing and GK for her singing.
There was a hydrocephalic boy named Ben who just took over the microphone as soon as the music started. He was so cute. The staff person on his side of the stage tried everything to get his attention and literally held his hand to get him off the stage, while the others were just singing and dancing away. But Ben kept sneaking back up to the forefront. After the third time, the staff person brought him back once again and my adorable, sweet, kind and understanding GK went and took his hand, led him back to the middle of his group and continued to hold his hand until he forgot about going up front. I was mesmerized and so proud of her.
For that and all the love she has given the other kids, she was awarded the "Sweetart" (mostly sweet but sometimes a role model) award for her program sight. The award is voted on by all of the staff. This is her second year for getting this award. I am so proud of her acceptance of, encouragement towards and kindness given to her fellow participants. And the kids from both her last years sight and her this years sight helped the announcer when she said, I know I am going to mispronounce this Sweetarts name....she began and the whole audience pronounced GK's name and cheered for her.
Could an Oma be any more proud of both grands? I don't think so. Could I be any more proud of their mother who has done a fabulous job of modeling love, compassion and heart to her children, nope. Sorry if this sounds like a brag but it is. I am so proud of my offspring and her offspring, especially in light of their struggles and hardships.
The Cuckoos are fluffing up our feathers and high fiving each other.