I know I shouldn't be proud, yadda yadda yadda, and maybe proud isn't quite the right word, but there you have it.
It was our local elementary school talent show today. You all know what that means. It was 1 1/2 hours of watching a few talented kids interspersed with a LOT of kids basically acting silly. There was one group of girls who "sang" 3 songs and frankly I would call it karaoke that wasn't practised. Okay, I'm sounding like a snot bag, but seriously - they were giggling the entire time, looking at each other, and barely singing at all - it was playtime. There were a few "dance" numbers that consisted of girls basically swaying to and fro to a 4 minute song. I wouldn't have minded so much except I was trying to control my 3 and 1 year old (who was missing her nap to be there). A lot of waiting...
But just in case I give you the impression that I didn't enjoy the show, there were a number of GREAT talents being displayed. There was a girl who did a first nations eagle dance, dressed in the full garb, there was a little guy who did an AWESOME martial arts routine. A couple of musicians played clarinets, violins, and guitars including a couple of electric guitars, which was cool. There was this girl who was probably about 10 or 11 who did an amazing gymnastics routine as well. Very, very nice!
And then there was TJ. I was so proud of her as she got up there to sing a song from "The Phantom of the Opera". Keep in mind that this was a very ambitious song for her to do, and she's 8.She did choose the song herself, and she did a wonderful job. She was the second to last performer and I could see her getting more and more nervous as her turn got closer and closer. I was nervous too. She hadn't had much practise with her teacher who accompanied her on the piano, but it turned out fine, even with my wrestling with my 2 little ones while trying to video tape (sorry about the motion sickness, folks). Anyway - here she is!
Again, sorry for the poor taping. I was trying to wrestle with my kiddos at the same time :) Which also explains why I didn't get the beginning of the song, either. Oops :) Anyway, I had tears in my eyes when she finished to whoops, and yells, and applause, AND a standing ovation. Yep. So proud. Am I slightly biased? You bet. I'm sure every parent there thought their child was #1. But, my little girl was number one to me!
Maybe someday I can afford to get her into voice lessons. I would love that, and so would she. But for now - she is my own sweet little Opera star!