I am very fortunate to be surrounded by smart, worldly people.
A couple years ago, my friend Deana realized her son Max LOVED the opera. Max's diagnosis is different than Samantha's but many issues are similar. As a smart mom of one of our kiddos, she knew she needed to foster Max's love and excitement for this music. So she contacted Opera Colorado and arranged special live performances for Max and his buddies.
Yesterday they performed the Music Shop at Children's Hospital. It was fabulous. It was Samantha's first opera and she loved it.
Loved it. She was engaged, watched the characters and moved her hands around. When the soprano hit a high note, Samantha's eyes would get wide, she would arch her back and sigh. I personally think she was happy that someone was singing to her....
Someone who knew all the words to the song and could carry a tune.
You all remember my sad version of Polly Wally Doodle (is that the name of the song?)
The cast members were wonderful and visited with us after the performance. Samantha kept a hold of the velvet gloves and thought mink coat was a very nice place to bury her little nose.
It is wonderful, thrilling, to find something that our kids enjoy and connect with. I am also thrilled to have a friend like Deana who listens to opera. I would have never known Samantha had such a strong connection to this type of music.....
Because sadly, I'm not a La Boheme type of girl.
BUT after this experience, I will put down the Lady Gaga and pick up The Marriage of Fiagro.
Thank you Deana, Max, Opera Colorado and Samantha for putting a little culture in this Mama's life :)
Special thanks to Deana to taking these pics.
Samantha and the Music Shop Cast
Chatting with the stars. Deana and Max are to the right of us. Thanks for a lovely experience!