Where words leave off, music begins. ~Heinrich Heine
On Sunday Kyle had his youth group Christmas play. His role? The light man of course. Yep! He stood at the light switch and turned it off and on. Remember there are no small parts and everyone has a role to play, just like life. Everyone can’t be the star and in Kyle’s case, over the years he played a shepherd and one of the kings. He had his fill and wanted to participate backstage. Nothing wrong with that! He did a great job! Even with his not-so-center-0f-stage-role, Kyle attended all the practices and always gave his best. That’s my buddy, if he’s going to do something, he will give it his all.
As I was sitting there, watching the kids get situated and ready to perform for their parents, a family friend, who was also Kyle’s second grade Sunday school teacher, Mrs. DePalma (Kyle loved her to death!) came over to me to chit chat. On a side note, Mrs. DePalma is such a sincere, friendly, warmhearted person! The kind who instantly spreads joy and good cheer to everyone around her. Knowing her is a true blessing. Her one daughter Angie, married one of my cousins. So I guess we are related!
Anyway, as we sat there talking, she informed me that she just talked to Kyle, admitting she drew a blank with his name, as he did with hers. Too cute! I’m sure Kyle was thrown off his game, since he always did like and respected Mrs. DePalma, and she gave him the little extra attention he craved. She asked me what role Kyle was playing and we both giggled a little at our lighting technician.
As we sat there, I noticed they had a keyboard set up to play music throughout the play. I commented that Kyle could have played a few songs. Mrs. DePalma was intrigued asking me about his piano playing. Naturally, like a proud mama (aunt) I told her, “He’s been playing the piano since he was six years old.” Her eyes perked up and she was really impressed. So I continued, “Yep, he’s really pretty good. He doesn’t have the drive to practice at home, but he loves playing with is instructor and in front of family.” Then, I informed her that he briefly took up the guitar and he plays the trumpet in school. Of course, I couldn’t stop. Normally, I don’t like bragging, well that’s not true when it comes to Kyle, but I couldn’t help myself. Informing Mrs. DePalma that Kyle is in band class at his school, and he tried out and made it for jazz band. Her face lit up! And you know what? It was in all sincerity and pride. She loves to see kids doing well, not to mention she new Ryan and she knows what Kyle means to us. (Her daughter Angie, the one I just referred to, was in Ryan’s class all the way from Sacred Heart Elementary School to Greater Latrobe High School graduation).
Kyle is musically talented, there is no denying it. Now, I’m not saying he is a musical genius or a child prodigy, because he’s not. But he does enjoy music, always has, and he seems to enjoy playing (except when I make him practice).
This past fall, Kyle had a band assembly at his school and mom and I attended. One another side note, Kyle just expects us to be there at a moments notice. He called us the day of the event, two hours before hand to be exact, and informed us of the activity. On Kyle’s defense I guess he told my dad, but that’s like telling Kyle. No fear, mom and I were there! It was held in the school’s gym and the seventh and eighth grade students performed as well as their high school marching band. You know what? I was quite impressed!
First of all, Kyle had on a nice pressed white button down shirt (sleeves rolled to the elbows), nice dress slacks, black socks, black dress shoes and a black tie. Mom and I were floored! He looked so grown up! The only comment we both made was his tie. It stopped at the middle of his chest. Yikes! It looked ridiculous. So I made my way down to the horn section to offer assistance with the tie tying, thinking it just needs retied. Low and behold, it was a clip-on tie! What? Ok, no point in making it into a bid deal, especially since the rest of him looked spot on. As to not break the positive comments toward Kyle, I will not get into our shopping experience during Christmas for a real tie, not a clip-on. I’ll save that one for a rainy day.
As we left, mom mentioned about buying the kid a nice tie. Good idea mom! However, we forgot until his next assembly right before Christmas. Now it was too late! This assembly was held in their auditorium and the kids were on stage. While mom and I got settled in, we read over the program book. Funny thing. Kyle’s name had an asterisk by it. We both looked at each other and at the same time said, “What did he do?” half joking.
Mom and I were front and center, focused on Kyle. As the program began and we started intently watching the kid. He did something too comical, not intentionally. As he started to play, that little man dropped his sheet music and he began to scramble to retrieve it. Mom and I gave a bit of a chuckle since it was too cute. Plus, let’s not forget his lack of flexibility reaching for the pieces of paper while sitting and trying not to disturb his neighbors, all while trying to continue to play. Yep! He’s definitely my nephew!
After the kids in his grade played a few tunes, they gathered the jazz band to the side of the stage. Incidentally, the same side mom and I were residing. Boy we know how to pick our seats!
Kyle completely ignored us the entire way through, which is fine because besides being too cool to have an aunt and a grandmother (Gigi) I know he gets nervous.
Both assemblies were very impressive, especially the marching band for the earlier musical assembly. It’s funny, we never knew Kyle was in the jazz band. Now don’t get me wrong, he did a great job! I could also tell he seemed to enjoy it. It wasn’t till after his second assembly, did we find out that he had to audition for said activity. Wow! That’s great buddy! Good job!
Kyle, that kid never ceases to amaze and impress me. He is also surprising, in all good ways. Apparently, he is planning on joining the marching band when he’s older. Being very ecstatic over this comment, I told him I’ll be a band parent (aunt)! Ya, Kyle just rolled his eyes and was like ‘O boy’. I ensured him it would be a great time and I’d make it really fun. Plus, if they don’t do band trips, I’ll help to get those kids traveling. That didn’t entice him, at ALL! We’ll see.
I am really happy he found his interest, and that it’s in music! I hope it’s very rewarding for him!