Chorus – Our American Idol

Our son decided he wanted to be in the chorus this year.  We’re not sure he has much of a singing voice, but he does like to ham it up on stage and perform.  This is all fine and good, except that one of the chorus practice sessions is during the week at 7:15 a.m.  Yes, folks, 7:15 a.m.  In Weiler World, this means that Kurt will have to leave the house with him at 6:45 a.m. to get him to school on time for practice.  We live about 30 minutes from the school.  To say this is going to be brutal is an understatement.  However, we cannot deny him the opportunity to participate in something he is so enthusiastic about. 

There will be other scheduled practices as well, but it is the 7:15 a.m. one which will be the killer.  As I blogged earlier, I am not a morning person, so the sole responsibility for all of this coming to fruition is my husband.  And, while he is, in fact, a morning person, I don’t think he’s jumping for joy over the prospect of lugging our son out of bed at 6:00 a.m. or earlier. 

But how can we complain?  He’s never burdened us with sports practices or music lessons.  We had to agree to chorus.  Just witnessing his singing performances last year with his class gave us some insight into how important this is to him.  He truly comes alive on stage.  It’s magical and enchanting to see a young person so animated and engaged.  He lights up, stands taller, and displays more self confidence than normal.  To deny him this opportunity is to deny him the right to grow, stretch, and flex his creative muscles.  We simply cannot stand by and let this happen.  It is our job to nuture and encourage him to be his best self, whatever that may be.  So, while he may not hit every note, he is, in fact, our own person American idol.

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