Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tears of sadness, joy
The first tears, from having a senior in high school, flowed Friday night.
The Marshall Academy Patriot Performers presented “Peace, Love and Broadway” in the gymnasium.
My daughter Emma and Hannah Hamblin are the only two seniors in the group, under the direction of Catherine Swan. They closed out the fabulous musical revue with an emotional duet – “For Good” by Stephen Schwartz from Wicked.
“I’ve heard it said
My eyes watered after the first verse or two, and then by the end I had to take off my glasses and wipe my eyes.
I guess I suddenly realized that high school graduation is almost here – May 18.
At the end of the musical revue Friday, I walked up the stage and presented her flowers and said, “I love you,” still crying. It was sad but also joyful. I’m a proud dad.
Her talents, as those of all the Patriot Performers, have always amazed me.
The Patriot Performers repeated the show Saturday night. I took lots of photographs and somehow avoided the tears that night.
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