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I just watched a video of my son, Andrew, posted with his buddy, Theo from Minnesota, who is also an exchange student, and they are singing their hearts out specifically to their parents from across the globe. For me there is something about hearing singing, especially lone voices, that makes me very happy, and to have it be my own boy, well, that is fantastic.
When I was young I always said my kids would have to play piano, or sing, or dance, or somehow have an outlet for expressing themselves besides just talking. I worried about whether anyone would be listening to their talk, because no one was in my childhood, even though I knew it would be me who potentially might not be listening. So to me, it seems wildly important that kids have some kind of art because unless you are a writer words are inadequate to express the inevitable frustrations of life. I insisted my kids take piano lessons for at least five years because I know that that’s enough to really learn how to play. Being Andrew, after the piano lessons he moved on to learning drums and then guitar, and then singing and athletics, and eventually to flying away to live with people in another world.
Seeing Andrew so far from home, locating a guitar for himself, and a buddy to sing with, and serenading us across the internet could not be sweeter. In so many ways it tells me that he is fine and doing well and loving life just as I hoped for him.
I’m just catching up with my emails after a busy weekend. I should have read this post before asking about Andrew … what a great description of where he is (and has been)!
Thanks for visiting my blog. I feel like reading my kids actions is as valuable as considering what they say, so I am taking comfort in that idea as I watch the video of Andrew singing away, just like always.
What an awesome adventure Andrew is having. Thanks for sharing this. He sounds definitely MORE than OK, and well done, looks like he has a real balance of ways of expression.
Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. Andrew is definitely getting his money’s worth out of the experience of this cultural exchange. I think he’ll be ready to come home when it is time, but until then, he seems completely in it.