Do you watch the TV show, GLEE? If not, have you heard about it?
I'm sure you have.
If you have not seen it, well, I don't know where you have been. It's a fun show.
It's about a bunch of high school misfits that were all looking for a way to become popular and more liked at school. So they joined their GLEE team.
They sing and they sing well. They found their place in life. Music.
When they sing they are happy. They are liked. They are popular. They are on top of the world.
My great niece, Trinity, goes to a school who has a Panther as a mascot. Their school color is purple. They have "Panther Pride"
They know that music is important and brings all the kids together when they sing.
Several times a year they put shows on for the children to entertain their family and friends. By doing so, each child feels special and important. They feel popular and loved. They have fun.
The sad thing is, with all the budget costs going on their school got their music department cut. If they are going to have any more music for the children they have to raise the funds to pay for the classes themselves.
Tonight they did a fund raiser in order to help raise enough money to pay for them to keep the teacher and have music ringing through the school again.
Trinity got to have two songs where she sang solo parts. I was so proud of her. It's not easy to stand up in front of a full audience and sing. But, she did it and did it well.
She has always loved music and loves to sing! Even as a baby, it would sound like she was singing.
She loves to go to musicals and watch movies where they sing.
They all were to dress as if they were going to go down to the beach. They sang songs all about the beach.
I was happy that all of Trinity's family made it to hear her sing. Sometimes it isn't possible as often someone has to work and can't get off.
Tonight, everyone was there for her. Her daddy and his girlfriend, her grandma and grandpa and her two aunts. Plus, we all got to sit in the front row. I think that made her really happy and made her feel very special, which of course she is.
I remember when I was a little girl and we would put on concerts at school. I would search the whole place until I spotted my family. Once I did, I beamed. I sang louder and stood a bit higher.
Then, my nephews had shows and we would go watch them do the same thing. Now it's my great niece's turn and hopefully when she has children they will get their turn.
It's sad that our State, no, our Country, is in such a mess that we have to see funding for school activities being cut.
Cut things from us adults if you have to but, don't take away the joy of our children.