(Editor’s Warning: I treat my blog like the 21st century version of letter writing, in that I can write one item and it can go out to family and friends everywhere. This weekend’s blog posts are all about family. If you don’t want to read about how wonderful my children are – then stop reading. Note…you’ve been warned!)
We’re lucky with twins in different high schools that the schedule has worked so that the multiple events around graduation are held on different days. Andrew’s day started early yesterday morning with the service of Holy Communion in The Little Sanctuary for members of the graduating class and their parents. The service began with the beautiful Kyrie Eleison from Missa Secunda by Hans Leo Hassler. The acoustics of The Little Sanctuary were perfect for the Madrigal singers to blend the voices as well as I’ve heard them over the past three years. A little later in the service Andrew sang a wonderful solo in the Brazeal Dennard arrangement of the spiritual Great Day. For many parents, it was the first time they were in a setting so intimate and focused with Andrew singing. The rest of the day, we received countless congratulations. It was a great way for Andrew to end his term as co-president of the Mads.
A breakfast followed where each boy was individually recognized with a tribute by the headmaster. Then in the afternoon the scene shifted to the National Cathedral, where the upper school held its prize day. Andrew received honorable mention for Spanish and – along with his friend Ben – was the co-winner of The Prize in Choral Singing.
But while Andrew has accomplished a great deal of which we are very proud, I’m here to celebrate the person he has become. Andrew has always been curious and able to balance multiple interests with a prodigious work ethic. But several years ago he came to the full realization that we loved him for who he is – no matter what – and that opened doors for the growth of his soul. His curiosity now takes him off in directions with the understanding that it is okay if he’s not the best or even if he decides he doesn’t like this new part of life. His growth on the stage is an example…and his high school yearbook says that in 20 years he’ll BE Corny Collins!
The piece we wrote for Andrew’s yearbook pretty much sums it up:
Congratulations, Andrew! We love you and are proud of the person you are. Your admirable self-discipline and curiosity support and nurture the musical talent and intelligence you show every day. The faith and kind spirit we see and respect are central to your being. We appreciate your willingness to help, unfailing sense of humor, and excitement for all life has to offer. With your inquisitive spirit and work ethic, we know you’ll always be out there giving it your best. May God bless you and go with you as you venture on to college. Mom, Dad, and Claire.
I love you, Andrew.
More to come…