I’m going a little outside of my usual zone tonight. Tonight, I want to talk about why I love education, the arts, and my family.
My sister is in charge of Glee Club at her school. What I love about Glee Club, and chorus, and band, and theater, and art, and all these things is that it gives kids, even the weird ones, an outlet. Tonight, during their Glee performance, there were a couple of numbers where these guys just got to showcase their break dance skills (you can tell by my verbiage that I’m pretty thug!). As I was sitting there watching it, I almost started to cry. I know you all are shocked by this, but here’s the thing. Those boys would have never darkened the door of a chorus room. They wouldn’t step foot in a dance studio. They had learned to dance by emulating movies, and YouTube, and The LXD. I think disfranchised might be too strong of a word, but without Glee CLub these boys wouldn’t have a place to grow. Tonight they got to share their gift with their peers, and that’s what makes kids get up and come to school in the morning.
What I love about education is that real teachers, like my sister, teach the whole kid. She doesn’t isolate the social studies part of their brain; she reaches all of them whether in Glee Club or her academic classes. She is amazing that way. She gave those kids an outlet, a voice, a stage when they may have never found one on their own.
Now, on to the second member of my family who was a rock star tonight. My niece is in Glee Club. My niece is a rock star. My niece is everything that is good and lovely in this world. I was fifteen when she was born, and a little bit of me was born too on the day she came along. She is cool, and funny, and wonderfully talented. Seriously, she’s just the best kid ever. Actually, tied for first with my cousin, Zoe. That deserves a post of it’s on, though.
I think that’s all for my rant today. Except perhaps to say, find an art, or sport, or subject, or story, or anything you love, and share it with someone younger than you. Pay those good things forward. And if you all are very nice, you may get to here more about my awesome family members. You should be so lucky!