the best show of ever

THIS is how it happened that my girl was to sing a solo – A SOLO – in her winter concert.


This is why it didn’t happen the night that it was originally supposed to …

This is what I posted on Diary’s Facebook page last night when it was alllllmmmmooossssttt time.

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These are the lyrics to the song that nearly did me in at the concert. (And wouldn’t you know it? They’re by Stephen Schwartz, the composer of my baby’s first love, Godspell. There are no accidents, my dears.)

Everything has it’s season
Everything has it’s time
Show me a reason
And I’ll soon show you a rhyme
Cats fit on the windowsill
Children fit in the snow
Why do I feel I don’t fit in
Anywhere I go?

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be
Where my spirit can run free
Gotta find my corner…
…Of the sky…

Everyman has his daydreams
Everyman has his goals
People like the way dreams
Have of sticking to the soul
Thunderclouds have their lightning
Nightingales have their song
And don’t you see I want my life to be
Something more than long?

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be
Where my spirit can run free
Gotta find my corner…
…Of the sky…

So many men seem destined
To settle for something small
But I won’t rest
Until I know I’ll have it all
So don’t ask where I’m going
Just listen when I’m gone
And faraway you’ll hear me singing
Softly into the dawn…

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be
Where my spirit can run free
Gotta find my corner…
…Of the sky…

This was Brooke singing her solo …


This is what I posted after the show ..

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And this is what I posted after an hour of pretending that I had any clue as to how to edit video ..

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And this, thanks to a sleepy but still helpful Luau, is a very roughly edited (as in, super zoomed in and cut off in the middle of the song to avoid showing other kids’ full faces) video* of what Brooke described as “the best show of ever.”

And finally, this is a mama who is bursting with pride in her girl and overwhelmed with gratitude for all of those – all of you – who were right there in that auditorium with us last night.

I’ve got more to write, my friends, but it will keep until tomorrow. in the meantime, I have some video to watch. Again. (And again and again and again.)



*video by Katie

43 thoughts on “the best show of ever

  1. I’ve also been watching it over and over. Brooke is a rock star! Give her a stage, any stage, and she’s good to go. She truly amazes me.

    Love you,

  2. I had a very rough day yesterday with a little guy. His struggles brought me to tears but this morning I have tears for a different reason. Brooke brings me so much hope. Her face after that solo just made my day.

  3. This is amazing. Thank you again both for sharing Brooke with us and for being so respectful of the privacy of the other children

  4. I love this! We sang this song a lifetime ago and it was awesome then for a bunch of HSers who “gotta find my corner…of the sky”. Whoo hoo Brooke and family!

  5. Wow…just wow. I’m overwhelmed. What a great kid! I keep playing it over just to see that look of barely contained pride after her solo!

  6. So poised. So confident. So self-assured. This is a girl that isn’t going to let the world keep her down. I’m pretty sure you have many,many followers that will be keeping this video handy for the dark days. She’s such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing, and please tell her I think she’s just amazing!

  7. Love love love this! For her and for you! And to have this recorded-priceless!
    My all time favorite video of my son is him performing a song with his 1st grade class, for a special mothers day lunch-Chicken Soup with Rice-and during the entire performance he was stimming by pinching his nose. But he was dancing, giving funny looks, re-enacting parts of the song, engaging in the activity. To this day I am so thankful to that 1st grade teacher who didn’t judge him for his struggles but nurtured him for the gifts he does have.

  8. Absolutely beautiful! The look on her face when she finished her solo bit was wonderful! Good job, momma. Those moments in time make all the struggles worth every bit of it. 🙂

  9. Yayyyyyyy!!!!!

    So happy for her that she can enjoy this success and revel in it, and relive it, and build from it and soar!

    (It’s amazing. How far she has grown in her little corner of the sky…)

  10. 2014: I know you’re new and all and you’re probably wondering, “Wow, what was THAT?!” That was you getting tackled by Brooke. It’s something you should get used to; she’ll be doing a lot of it over the next 12 months. I know she looks all innocent and sweet, but she’s a force to be reckoned with…a one-kid revolution. Just ask 2013.

  11. WOW…so very proud of her…such confidence…such an attitude of “this is no big deal, but a BIG deal” comes through on her face while she’s waiting for her moment.
    Have Barby #3 give her a hug from me. 🙂

  12. Thank you, dear one, for sharing this intimate part of your lives. We buried my mother-in-love yesterday and she was so very close with my granddaughter, Isabella. My emotions are running high and this post was just what I needed today. It gave me joy.

  13. “The best of ever!” indeed! Way to go amazing little lady!! My son had a concert last year with his whole kindergarten, he sat out by himself on the side of the risers, then when we got in the car to leave, he gave us a private concert of the songs he liked best. So amazed at how she is able to be on stage and perform!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. ❤ Shining, gleaming moments like this- of joy, hope, dreams come true, and all the unlimited possibilities of what is yet to come- they make our hearts sing along with Brooke 🙂 Warm hugs from our family to yours.

  15. So stinkin’ proud!!! Best show of ever for sure!

    PS The Pippin song always does me in too. I can’t remember where I learned it – I wonder if we did it in a show when I was a kid. Could be, judging from the speed at which it leaped into my brain the moment I read the lyrics here.

  16. OMG, the Pippin song would’ve done me in, too! I am so impressed with Brooke! She did amazingly well! Way to go, Brooke. Thanks for sharing the highlight and the hope. 🙂

  17. o my goodness, this is just so lovely. I was watching the flashbulbs going off and thinking how painful I know those are for my guy and watching Brooke standing there so poised and confident just doing her thing like it just ain’t no thing at all. Brilliant.
    Also, while reading this I couldn’t help but think of one of your first blog entries about her birthday party and how she just couldn’t be there amongst it all doing it all at that time. Such a beautiful reminder of what a little time, faith, love, and belief can bring. ❤

  18. Beautiful and amazing! My son loved to sing, but with his speech problems, he always struggled to keep up with the pace of the songs and it was very frustrating for him. Then with his anxiety, he would be overwhelmed at the idea of being on stage, and several years he ended up suspended for the performance week.

    Then, in fifth grade, he was in a special school. The amazing music teacher told me that she wanted to give him a solo for the Christmas concert. I told him his history, that he’d only actually been in the room for previous programs a couple of times, and never even participated. She was surprised because of how well he was doing in class, and she told me that she was willing to work with him on it if I was. We talked about it for weeks – what it would be like, how many people would be there, that they would all be rooting for him, that even if he messed up, they would still applaud (one of his worries). Dress rehearsal came, and he panicked. Wouldn’t go on stage, ran out of the room. More talking, more support from the teacher. Performance day came, and … he did it. He really did it. And it was beautiful. He forgot the words at one point, but he didn’t panic, and jumped back in when he remembered. I cried. His teacher cried. His dad cried. MY dad cried. It’s been seven years, and I still cry when I think of that day.

    I am so happy for you and Brooke!

  19. I’ve never met Brooke and I live a million miles away but watching that video, the level of pride I felt for her, you would think she was my very own niece or something. Had to fight back the tears watching this one. So so proud of you Brooke! You rocked that solo like a boss!

  20. How very lovely! Thanks so much for sharing with Brooke’s fans!
    From the moment of her gracefully stepping to her solo place with the mike, to her resuming her spot in the group, Brooke looked very comfortable and did great. This video one of the joys of this season for me.
    Thanks again for sharing.
    — Joan in PA

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