But I didn’t really realize the grit that goes into handbells until I was eye-level with it this year. I thought handbells were awesome before, but I am a true lover of those things because of Lucy’s experience this year.
Most days she was delighted to have me help her keep her spot, and make sure she was counting, but towards the end, she got a little stompy and mad if I tried to help.
She did, in her defense, really know that stuff incredibly well. So because the teacher requested I be there I stood as far back from her as I could on those stompy days (yes, I know “stompy” isn’t a word, but it fits her perfectly so I’m sticking with it:), and marveled at the way she understands music. How she can count. How she can sway with the motion of it all and still keep incredibly focused.
Yes, handbells are not for non-counters! And I loved that lots of the time she did it aloud. Even sometimes, very quietly, in performances 😉
Claire got to come straight from track to one of her spring performances:
It was on a HOT afternoon at the entrance to the art show.
These kids played so beautifully melting in that heat. (And I thought that light was so pretty that evening!)
Just watch the concentration going on here!
Loved that Nana and Papa got to join us for this one…and so did Lu!
Last week they had a performance for the kids during the day at school:
Lucy is also multi-talented…since she can kind of dance as she plays 🙂
I promise they played more than just Beauty and the Beast…I don’t know why all these clips are from that one, maybe because it was 13 pages long…
Loved having Grace with us that night…she was so excited to watch.
And with that, it was over. All that hard work and all that help she got from so many to make it happen, with that special music stand and enlarged music and assistant helper who was so awesome.
We just feel so lucky for every opportunity for this girl as things start so shift so much for her. Sure, there will be lots of different opportunities for her as her vision dwindles, but we’re so grateful for this one that has worked for her eyes.
She says she’s done and probably won’t do it next year, but deep down, I kind of hope she changes her mind.