This school is amazing. Each grade puts on a play, has at least one poem or song during the year for Wednesday Assemblies, a massive on stage Halloween exhibition....basically, they are teaching children from the very beginning to learn to feel comfortable in front of an audience.
He performed in the Thanksgiving play this year, though, as Snoopy (pictures later this week), and I was shocked and astounded when he told me he volunteered to be one of the Madrigal singers at Graduation this year. He wouldn't even GO to the Awards Ceremony or Graduation in past years because he didn't want people to see him. We'd always skip it and go shopping and do mommy/kidlet stuff.
I didn't know what he was going to sing....he practiced at school and I didn't want to jinx him by asking too many questions. So when I sat down with the program and saw first, how small the Madrigal group was, and two, that they'd be singing Josh Grobin's "You Raise Me Up", I knew I was in trouble. I cry every time I hear that song.
I'm resting up for surgery Monday, so don't have time to edit the Madrigals (shaking hands, mommy audibly sniffling as she cried), but I promise to post it soon. He was one of only two boys in the small group, and he's gotten cards, hugs, and high fives from both teachers and kids who were shocked at the change in Zack this year. Having Aspergers Syndrome and panic attacks makes life harder for him, but the triumphs are that much more rewarding. I couldn't be prouder.
|First day of school....where did the time go?|
So until I can edit his actual performance, I'll leave you to (please) watch Josh Grobin's video. I dare you not to get choked up.
More on Zack's phenomenal year as well as the wedding when I'm able. Until then, watch, listen, and applaud Zack for overcoming the odds to shine and make this his best year ever.