As the show draws to a close tomorrow, I find myself having mixed emotions. I am, on one hand, looking forward to having my weekends back and resuming some normalcy around here. On the other hand, I have a feeling the orchestra will be seeing some tears while I conduct some of these musical numbers for the last time tomorrow. I am so incredibly proud of these kids and all they've brought to this show. They've poured so much time, effort, energy and love into this production and they've truly made it a great experience for me.
I have the privilege of leading the kids in warm-ups before the show, and yes, occasionally I do the traditional vocal warm-up or two, but mostly, I just have them grab hands and we sing a worship song together. Last night I let them choose, and in harmony, we sang "Amazing Grace." By far one of my favorite moments yet. As we knelt and prayed, one of the little girls put her head on my shoulder, looked up into my eyes and whispered, "I love you."
I'm definitely feeling sentimental today.
I hope I remember the kleenex.