My friend Mary Ann made a wise observation in a comment on yesterday’s post (about how much waiting sucks). “It would appear that you have been given some time to enjoy some things with your family before the next incredible journey to wellness.” This extra time didn’t feel like a gift yesterday because sometimes the waiting is agonizing and in that moment, after my daylong email fest with Dr. Kato, I was about out of patience.
But today was an entirely different story. Today was High Meadow School’s annual variety show and both Ana and Emily had songs to sing. Usually the Variety Show is in April, but this year it was originally scheduled for mid December. When we made it to the weekend of December 15th, I was really excited, but then the show was canceled due to weather. I was positive Ana wouldn’t get to sing – that we’d get the call for the liver and be gone. And even worse, I thought if Emily did get to perform – I wouldn’t be there to watch her. So I wrote the show off (again) when it was rescheduled to this weekend.
But we didn’t get the call. And suddenly, just like that, we were on our way to the school with my plate of cookies all ready for the bake sale, and my girls all dressed up and ready to perform. It’s not a moment I thought I’d get this year. I’ve already written too many words. What I really want to do is show you their performances. These are my babies! I’m so proud.
I can’t end with the videos though, because I need to communicate the wonderful spirit of this show and of the school that has become such a huge part of our lives. All of the children were wonderful. I’ve been watching some of these kids perform at this show, and other school performances, since they were 5! To see them on stage as 6th, 7th and 8th graders was amazing. I cried for kids that weren’t my own, because they all feel like my kids at High Meadow. And when Ana’s friends Storey, Sophia and Francesca got on stage and sang Lean on Me (dedicated to Ana), well, I bawled like a baby.