Usually, on a cold, dark night, I would stay in with a mug of hot chocolate and let them know I was there in spirit. Somehow the events of the last few days made my need to see them--and see them in their school--overwhelming. I put aside my volunteering and I put aside the preparations for the start of our trip to Florida tomorrow and I attended that concert.
It was so very worth it. They were surprised (but pleased) to see me. I was excited to see them all dressed up. Dane wore a white dress shirt and a tie -- so precious. K. had on a white sweater and a pretty necklace and she looked so very beautiful.
The program was well done. The school band played, the chorus sang, there was a group of hand bell ringers, and each class did a sang with an accompanying dance or reading. The music teacher obviously worked overtime, but so did the entire rest of the staff. The art teacher had decorated the stage with stars and moons and twinkle lights. Several of the staff joined in with the chorus. And then there was the set-up/cleanup, practice time, and supervision and assistance during the program. Teachers work so much harder than most people know--and too often without the credit and appreciation they deserve.
I did send a thank-you to the school today. That is not very much for how good I felt after giving the grands hugs and kisses and heading out for home.
Before the tie and the hair combing. My daughter attempted a tucked in shirt, but that did not last to the stage. The tie did though! How pinchable are those cheeks?
Today, I did some last minute errands--the drugstore, the bank, the car wash, the grocery store for supper for tonight. I dropped off a couple of small presents to friends. Now the car is all packed and Mike and I will start the three day trip to Florida in the morning. We will have a quiet evening. The decorations are all put away, but I left up candles in the windows to acknowledge the winter solstice.