It takes very little to crack me up and Em playing the bass drum in the local middle school band competition did just that. Given notice the day before the event that the regular bass drum player had another, more pressing, engagement, Em was asked to step in to replace him. Okay, so she plays the flute and the piccolo--it's something like the bass drum. You've got to have rhythm and be able to read music and all, but I think even this was a stretch for Em.
Em's always up for a challenge and she usually delivers. She's willing to try new things for the sheer fun of it, making comments, and cracking up the whole time. Unlike her peers, Em is willing to put herself out there, trying to help out the band wherever needed, and possibly make a fool of herself. Last year, even though she has first chair in flutes, she filled in last minute on the cymbals. AND won a special recognition from the judges for the effort.
I love that kid's spunk, her willingness to jump in wherever needed, and to try something new. I admire her spirit and her sense of humor through it all--I wish I was so put together in middle school. I'm anxious to see her in high school and beyond, to see what she can accomplish.
So, we sat in the stands, Joe and I doing the "wave" with just the two of us, cracking up at Em standing in front of the bass drum. She killed it--the band scored a "Superior"--whatever that means. I couldn't have been more proud of my goof-ball.
On another note: For all of you Illinois bloggers--if you get the opportunity, watch for the 144th Illinois Army National Guard Showband to visit your area, probably at a local high school. We saw them tonight and they are incredible!!! A fun evening of rockin' jazz tunes and a fabulous show that will make you clap, sing, laugh, and want to dance. I would highly recommend you watching for them (I think they were heading for Sullivan, IL tonight and Addison, IL soon), as it was completely free and FABULOUS!!! It is a "do not miss"!!! Not the uniformed concert you'd expect it to be. Let me know if you go.