Sunday, June 22, 2014

Zack -- Singing at Graduation "You Raise Me Up"

In a previous post, I told you how proud I was of my son, who has absolutely rebelled against doing anything in public or anything that will put him in the public eye (total panic attacks, just NOT his thing), and how he volunteered to be a Madrigal singer at his school's graduation.  I posted the original Josh Grobin video for "Your Raise Me Up" because it's just a stunning song with voices that pull the very heart from you and squeeze it until you can't help but get a lump in your throat.


Remember how I said he didn't want a thing to do with being in the public eye but was in his class play this year?  It was such a clever play, all the kids wrote it together, about Thanksgiving in the Twilight Zone.  Zack got to play Snoopy, and he was complete with a Woodstock to help him along.  He was awesome.  Mom's costume talents, not so awesome.  But he didn't care and smiled the entire time.




I finally was able to get Zack's group onto YouTube so you can listen.  He's the sweet little boy in the gray jacket, one of only two boys, and one of only a small group of kids.  You have to excuse the horrible video quality.  For one, I'm short and was in the very back of the auditorium.  For two, I had a telephoto lens, but I was shaking so hard and had tears streaming down my face so I am lucky I got ANYTHING.  But I'd be honored if you watched.  (Please ignore my sniffles and "Good job, buddy," right in the middle of it all.  SO FREAKING PROUD.)


This is HUGE for Zack.  For a child who has overcome SO many obstacles to come to where he volunteered to put himself in front of the school -- I couldn't be prouder.  Truly, honestly, he amazes me every day and gives me strength to know that no matter what he chooses to do in life, it will be awe-inspiring.


Thanks for being here.








Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing

27 comments:

  1. Look at your little man, all handsome in his suit. I am so, so proud of him!

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  2. you should be so very very proud! go zack!

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  3. I love everything about this!

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  4. This is beautiful, Lori and I think it is just what the dr ordered for both of you:O) God Bless you and Zach!!

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  5. Tears are offically flowing! I know you are so proud of him especially with everything he has gone through. Zack, YOU are AWESOME!

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  6. Awesome.. Good job, both of you!

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  7. I wasn't familiar with the song, but in watching the video I understand why you were crying! Very touching and sweet and inspiring. I always loved going to school concerts for my much younger sister and niece, and I too would always cry. Pride and pure love will do that to me! Congrats again to Zach for lending his voice that day. They did a great job.

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  8. Incredibly beautiful, brought tears to my eyes. You have an awesome little man!

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  9. What an inspiring song from such an inspiring young man! Bravo!!

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  10. Precious! Thanks for sharing, Lori. These milestone moments stay with us a lifetime.

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  11. Soooo beautiful, Lori :) I think I was crying before they even started singing *TeeHee* Well done, Zack! Thank goodness for all the teachers and volunteers who make it possible for the children to experience the joy of singing in a group :)

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  12. AWESOME!! =) LOVED this SWEET Video!! =) Music has ALWAYS been a HUGE part of my Life and I sang in School and then made several Honor Choirs!! I still sing in church and for Wedding and I LOVE seeing Young People Sing!! They sound so Beautiful and I agree he is a Handsome Young Man!! Tell him to keep up the good work!! =)P.S I found your Blog through the Beadaholique Blog!! I can't wait to join in on the FUN with your Bead Soup Blog Party!! =) Sounds like a TON of FUN!! THANKS again and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  13. I know how you felt. I was balling my eyes out at my son's kindergarten graduation too. I was amazed he got up with the class and participated and even stood still for so long. So many feelings churning around all at once. When my camera's flash wouldn't fire, I nearly had a nervous breakdown especially since I was with my mom who I wasn't speaking to at the time.

    Your son did amazing and I'm sure you had a lot of emotions going on all at once too. For us moms of autistic kids, it's so much more than just being proud. Validation of all your hard work and encouragement and even more. Sounded amazing! Don't worry about the camera work. You got enough to get the idea! Next time I highly recommend making your way forward and crouch down to get the best shot. Or ask ahead where you can film from to get the best shot. At our school, parents kind of rotate through the best spots.

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  14. i love this song so much. This is beautiful, Lori, and your son is precious!

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  15. He's growing up! He will be a wonderful adult, kind, considerate and brave.
    You are blessed.

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  16. Oh, wonderful wonderful. Thank you so, so much for sharing this... Zack did such a great job! So incredibly special.

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  17. I got anlump in my throat while reading your post, and watching the video. i am not sure if it was from the song itself (so much meaning), seeing Zack hit yet anither mikestone, or witnessing the sincerest pride you have for your son

    Well done...on all counts!

    (Pls forgive my IPad typos....I am not an idiot, I promise!!)

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  18. You are raising an incredible young man who knows just when to push himself. All three of you, Zach, Rick and yourself, deserve congratulations.

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  19. Fantastic Lori! What a long way Zack has come no wonder you are so proud of him and he looks so grown up and smart thank you so much for sharing.
    Jackie

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  20. That was Just Wonderful!!! He did an Amazing job!!! Way to Go Zach!!!

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  21. Loved the video. Way to go, Zack.

    Can see why you are so proud of him, Lori.

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  22. I love that I can hear you saying "Good job, Buddy" and can hear you sniffling! It all adds to the beauty of the video, to the significance of his achievement. You have much to proud of!

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  23. GO Zack!!! He looks very charming in his suit and I know you are one proud Mom!!! Tears started to well up in my eyes Lori, thank you for sharing this beautiful moment!!

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  24. What a beautiful moment of pride and happiness!

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  25. beautiful. just beautiful. that's all.

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