I got an invitation most every teacher dreams about. But first I need to tell you about this student:
I remember my students. I love them. Some stick with me more than others, and Colin was one of those students. He was always smiling and laughing. He adored Milly the quilter, and he was quite the artist. Back in 2016 his masterpiece for the Art Show was incredible, a replication of a Claude Monet.
The next year, his art masterpiece was equally incredible. He nailed Kandinsky. Colin’s talents went beyond art. He loved music and singing. When I brought my record player into school, he was spellbound by musicals. I played my Rodgers and Hammerstein records; “The King and I”, “The Sound of Music”, and “Oklahoma” were his favorites.
We had a grand circus performance for families that year. It was so much fun for children. They were tigers, poodles, clowns, and acrobats. Guess who was the ringmaster? Yup, Colin.
That’s the backstory of Colin when he was in my class. Fast forward to today.
His mother emailed me the day after Colin had been cast as the lead in the fourth grade musical, “Oliver.” Yes, Colin was Oliver. She asked if I would come to the show, ‘since I was such an inspiration to Colin in his early singing days’. Oh my! And, she wanted me to be a surprise for Colin. Yes, this is the invitation teachers dream about.
Here is Colin’s photo on the billboard.
My goodness, he has grown:
When I arrived for the show, his mother was waiting to greet me. I was invited to sit with the family, including grandparents from Virginia. Honestly, Mom and Dad were over the moon that I was there. I was, too.
The show’s staging and props were elaborate, more like a high school performance. The lights went down, the show started, and here is Colin’s solo, “Where is love?”:
Yes, he was wonderful! Pitch perfect, heartfelt singing. After the show came the surprise for Colin- me! Mom had her camera ready.
I was out of control. Colin was beside himself. We were one.
When students remember, it is a treasure for a teacher. My heart is full. Thank you, Colin.