Thank You to the Singers of Marana High School, AZ
A special thank you to my daughter, Chico, Tabitha, and Kevin for spreading Christmas cheer at the Kindred Hospital here in Tucson AZ this year. On Sunday, the four of them took time away from the shopping, the visiting, their family and friends and went to brighten the halls of those convalescing, many in solitude.
A week ago my mother in law could barely move; yesterday she clapped after every song and was "all smiles".
Another re-lived the days when he was a conductor, and asked to lead them through a song.
The workers were enthusiastic and showed the kids where they could go, and where there were complimentary refreshments if they needed.
It was a lovely, touching, holiday scene.
When I was her age, my greatest joy at Christmas time was Christmas caroling. We'd go all over the place and have a ball. Extra special was always going to care centers where some folks just didn't get much holiday festive-ness and cheer.
I encouraged my daughter to do the same this past week, and as the high schoolers returned all smiles and hyper and talkative, I knew the gift of song was two-fold once again.
As adults, I feel very strongly that we need to encourage our young folks to think of others and share their gifts. Next generation training, so to speak. The Marana High School singers have recently been "caught" caroling through Walmart, singing at IHOP, and were mentioned on the Ben Bells site in appreciation. They also travel to Zoo Lights and Winterhaven here in Tucson, and just finished an inspiring presentation of "The Messiah" at their high school winter concert.
Music is free, and yet priceless.
Wishing all of you a harmonious holiday season.