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The pictures in my wallet [Feb. 3rd, 2004|02:54 pm]
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Okay, please bear with some proud Mommy bragging.

My younger daughter has been able to carry a tune since before she could talk - she would literally crawl around on the floor at 9 months, burbling recognizable songs to herself. When we lived in Anchorage she auditioned for and was accepted into the Anchorage Children's Choir, an award-winning ensemble, and was the youngest member of the main choir, one of only about half a dozen children in that group who were not in the traveling choir simply because they were too young. There are few opportunities as good as that one was.

Now she is living with her dad and stepmom in Massachusetts, an hour away from Boston and the children's choir that performs regularly with the Boston Pops. This is a whole new stratosphere of singing, though, and if she is to make it into this choir she will need serious vocal training. Her stepmom finally procured her an audition with a highly recommended vocal coach. At first he refused to see her - he doesn't coach children - but was finally talked into giving her an audition for the experience. We all hoped that she would at least impress him enough that he could recommend someone else who does take children.

He accepted her as a student. Stepmom described him as a "Non-efeminate, gay, Broadway producer." He made sweeping arm gestures. He called my daughter "Babycakes." He completely took her aback. And in the time she was there he markedly improved her singing. He said she had a lot of raw talent, and the kind of discipline necessary to make it worth his while. She found him irritating but a great resource. It may not be the perfect match, but there will be learning. Yay.

And the older one has been accepted into the college that she wanted. This is the kid who almost flunked out her freshman year of highschool, managed to get suspended twice and expelled once, had to change high schools for her senior year - and is now an Honor Role student. She used her essay to talk about her journey to discipline, and the Dean of Admissions hand-wrote "I really liked your essay" on her admissions letter. She's thrilled, we're thrilled. There will be a trip to Cape Cod in June for graduation.

Okay, brag mode /off.

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[User Picture]From: darthfox
2004-02-03 07:59 pm (UTC)
that's wonderful! in both cases. you must be so proud. :-) (where's the older girl going to college?)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-02-03 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! St. Michael's in Vermont. Small, personal, and near skiing - she's in heaven. [g]
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[User Picture]From: branwynrillia
2004-02-03 08:00 pm (UTC)
How wonderful, for BOTH of them!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-02-03 09:22 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: lubedpumpkin
2004-02-03 08:15 pm (UTC)
That's so sweet! :0)
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[User Picture]From: dreagoddess
2004-02-03 08:23 pm (UTC)
First off, congratulations to Daughter the Eldest (is that Erin?) for the admission! That's an awesome accomplishment. :) Secondly, big huge kudos to Daughter the Youngest! (Amy? I'm truly terrible with names) A good voice instructor can make all the difference, so I'm glad she got that opportunity. Tell her not to give up on that, even when she gets busy later in life. Singing is something that can truly bond you with other women -- some of my best friends are the ones I met in choir, whether in high school, college, or church. Not to mention you can get some great travel opportunities if you're in some choirs!

You have every right to be a proud, gushing mama for these great girls. :)
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2004-02-03 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, hoorahs to both of them! How wonderful...
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[User Picture]From: crystalrowan
2004-02-03 08:54 pm (UTC)
That is so indescribably awesome!

She must have an incredible voice. I'm so happy for you and for her!
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From: erisreg
2004-02-03 09:05 pm (UTC)

Okay, brag mode /off.

well that saves me a trip to the tanning salon this week,.. when you beam you go all the way,..(my grandad always said them that can brag without lying, got evey right to brag)...:)
* i was kidding about the salon *
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[User Picture]From: albumlady
2004-02-03 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh how wonderful!! Congratulations Gini (and Ferrett too!) I know this warms your hearts and makes you proud!
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2004-02-03 09:18 pm (UTC)
That is so incredible, amazing, astounding, and THRILLING. Yes, I can see why you said thrilled, that's exactly it. Very very impressive.
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[User Picture]From: usmu
2004-02-03 09:31 pm (UTC)
*does patented happy dance*

bd aka two thumbs up
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[User Picture]From: dk_leathers
2004-02-03 09:56 pm (UTC)
~grins~ good for you!
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[User Picture]From: technomom
2004-02-03 09:57 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on two great daughters!
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[User Picture]From: call_me_harmony
2004-02-03 10:22 pm (UTC)
Excellent outcomes for both of them.
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[User Picture]From: queeniex
2004-02-03 10:56 pm (UTC)
wow that's cool :)
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[User Picture]From: nuala
2004-02-03 11:17 pm (UTC)
WOO HOO! That's really friggin' awesome!! Well done to all 3 of you! (You get kudos too since you had some help in it ;o)
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