Saturday, May 17, 2008

Extracurricular Pinnacles

We hit high points in the boys' extracurricular activities this week. D had his spring orchestra concert and Jono had a milestone Cub Scout meeting. I am a proud Papa, so indulge me and let me tell you about them.

Thursday night the school district had its spring orchestra concerts. D's group started out, the 5th graders, and it progressed up through the high school. Here is my favorite picture of D with his cello.

The 5th graders played three short pieces and were followed by the 6th, 7th, 8th grade, and high school orchestras. D and I stayed for the whole thing because I wanted him to hear the high school play. They were very good and he enjoyed it greatly. It was pleasant to see him appreciate classical music, perhaps for the first time. One of his favorites was a piece from the Narnia movies.

The first video is D's group, the second and third are the high school.

Then, Friday night, Jono's Cub Scout pack had a pack meeting. It was the year-end meeting, and several scouts had significant milestones. Jono is the only Tiger Scout (1st grade) in the whole pack. He completed his Tiger Scout requirements, and was receiving the Tiger Badge.

He was called to stand up in front of everybody and get "Tiger stripes" painted on his face. Each color represented a character trait meant to envision and encourage him. Then he stood aside while other, older, boys came and received similar recognition. At this point I looked over at him and saw he had turned his cap around backwards! I pointed my camera at him without being seen, and just as I was about to snap the picture, he looked at me and smiled. This is so rare, because it was a real smile, not the silly seven year old smile that normally occurs when he sees a camera.

At one point I had to come stand behind him, and he was given a pin to present to me. He thanked me for my helping him, and gave me the pin just like he was told to do. But then he took my hand and gave it a big kiss, right in front of everybody. He is so affectionate!

1 comment:

Melanie said...

I love how much you love your family!! These are very good pictures of the boys! I can tell you're very proud (and that's definitely a good thing!!) Have a wonderful summer!