Somehow, I have managed to raise a child who is not the least bit socially awkward - who, upon being mixed in with kids from two different schools, will waste no time introducing herself and making new friends.
And who, since this is a concert, will then grab her flute, dart a smile at the hundred-plus total strangers in the audience, and start playing. Impeccably.
If she didn't look exactly like me, I'd think she was switched at birth. I did band in fourth grade, too, but I was always *terrified*. Her? No sweat. She loves this.
And she's really good at it.
(She's already memorized "Linus and Lucy".)
They played four songs - "Creepy Crawlies", "Let's Go Band", "Band Medley", and... "One, Two Step". Yes, by Ciara-featuring-Missy-Elliot. When the band teacher announced that one, the heads of all the middle-school kids whipped around to face our wee little band with a "Oh no you DIDN'T" look on their faces. And they girls all bopped along while our kids played...
We stayed around for the rest of the show - 6th grade concert band, middle school jazz band, 7th and 8th grade symphonic band. Showing Elayna what's in her future, what new songs she'll get to learn. Stuff by Chicago. Stuff from West Side Story and Sound of Music.
She is so excited about playing music.
I need a shirt that says "Band Mom". :)