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when choir and volleyball intersect

by Shawni

Lucy had her first high school choir performance a couple weekends ago.

I’m sorry, I know I’m biased, but just LOOK at this darling girl of mine:

Part of the “uniform” was clip-on pearl earrings and that particular girl of mine dutifully wore those puppies without a single complaint.

(Which is amazing because that is NOT Lucy’s style, and Claire and I shared a wide-eyed smile in the background when she noticed what was adorning Lucy’s ears and she wasn’t even complaining about it:)

Lu isn’t quite as big a fan of high school choir as she is for MCO, but man alive, this girl does love her music.

Which makes ME love music more than ever before.

I love this quote Lucy’s MCO choir conductor shared at our parent orientation last month:

“Music will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

That describes Lu to a “T.” Music makes her so happy even in the midst of some sometimes sorrow.

Anyway, I digress.

We got that girl all dolled up and headed to the school, since Claire had a game right across the parking lot.

As I mentioned before, we have been eat, sleep, and breathing volleyball around here.

Both Dave and I cannot get enough of these games with our senior girl.

Sometimes I look around and smile at these funny parents cheering, and love that I am right there with them. Ha!

Anyway, that game surprised us.

We were down by two games (you have to win three out of five games in volleyball), so we figured this was going to go quick.

But you know what?

They pulled off a win in the third game, so it was 1-2.

And that was when the choir concert started.

So we ran over to watch our Lu sing her heart out.

Our high school has an exceptional music program, so it was so fun to listen to how beautifully they have come together in only the short time since high school has begun (this is just the freshman women’s chorus).

Those girls sang their two songs, and then they moved on to the older choirs so we ran back to catch the action of the game, where they had won the fourth game so it was 2-2.

The concert was wrapping up right in the tie-breaker (you only go to 15 in the tie breaker), so I ran back to catch the end, (man those older choirs are exceptional!), and met up with this crew:

How sweet is it that Lucy’s friends came to watch and support her?

And Nana stayed for the whole concert rather than skipping back and forth from the gym to the auditorium.

Oh I love them all with all my heart.

Meanwhile, over in the gym, Dave was keeping me in the loop on the score of that 5th game…and they WON!!

It was a celebration night for us all.

These are good days I tell you!

So proud of both those girls for working so hard and performing so well.

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MK October 6, 2021 - 9:39 am

This post reminds me of a scene from The Office when Andy says “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” I love that you know that you’re in them – sometimes it’s easy for me to forget. I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and it’s wild that Lucy is 15 and in high school. Love that her and Claire get to share a year together. Enjoy every moment!

p.s. Shawni your blouse is so cute in that photo of you and Lucy. Do you mind me asking where it’s from?

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Shawni October 8, 2021 - 9:59 am

Thank you MK! It was from Nordstrom a few years ago. And I love that quote from The Office, thank you for sharing:)
xoxo

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Mo October 8, 2021 - 9:20 am

Fabulous, Lucy! Music will be a continuous source of light – for you and for others with whom you share it. Shine on, girl!

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Shawni October 8, 2021 - 10:03 am

xoxo

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