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Countdown Time

Well, we’re in the highly anticipated and/or dreaded final week.  (Pick your own point of view.)  It is countdown time.

Our twins, Andrew and Claire, will graduate from high school this weekend.  Since they attend different schools, Andrew goes first on Saturday then Claire follows on Monday.  I’m not sure I’m ready for this, but I don’t think either child plans to slow down and wait for me to catch up.

Truth be told, I’ve been having a great deal of fun over the past few weeks…so I expect it to only get better over the next 7 days.

Sunday was Andrew’s Senior Voice Recital.  We had about 75 friends and family there, and he did a great job.  Andrew’s piano teacher from 5th through 11th grade, Rosanne Conway, was the accomplished and sensitive accompanist, while his long-time friend and fellow chorister Sarah joined him for a beautiful encore.  

For the benefit of the music lovers among the readership, here’s the song list:

  • Music for a while (Oedipus) – Purcell
  • Danza, danza, fanciulla gentile – Durante
  • Amarilli, mia bella – Caccini
  • And God Created Man and In Native Worth (The Creation) – Haydn
  • Die Forelle – Schubert
  • Beau Soir – Debussy
  • O Waly, Waly – English folk song arranged by Britten
  • High Flying Adored (Evita) – Rice and Webber
  • Younger than Springtime (South Pacific) – Rodgers and Hammerstein

This was the fifth of six recitals or concerts we’ve attended in the past few weeks, and I’m amazed at the talent of these young adults.  We heard a jazz set the other night at Claire’s school that you could expect to hear from much more seasoned musicians.  Two concerts at the Kennedy Center with Andrew and other students from the area have been first rate.  And last evening was Sarah’s recital, which was as superb as the setting in the Washington National Cathedral.

But our time isn’t all taken up with the performing arts.  We had the chance to see three of Claire’s photographs in the school art show, and she’ll have five photographs in this week’s Senior Art Show.  I especially like the snow scene, which was wonderful when printed out in large format.  And as I was posting this, we just learned that she was awarded Best Photograph in the Senior Art Show for the second shot below!  She has a great eye and we’re obviously proud of her.

So this week we have a recital, two proms, a class dinner, an art show, a class breakfast…and that only gets us to Friday morning. Expect to see a few more photos.

Just so you know, I’m planning on savoring every moment.  When you have twins, you only do this one time.

More to come…


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I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


  1. Debbie Crocker says

    Enjoy every single moment. I can’t believe that the years have already flown by and they are graduating. I hope the rest of the week goes well and that each event is one filled with wonderful moments! You and Candice have done a superb job! HAVE FUN!

  2. Twice the joy with twins, I think. Parenting is a rare and wonderful experience and your children tell you (show you? sing to you? picture you?) when you have done it well. What love and joy–and more on the way.

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