Two weeks ago Munch was the star of the week of her kindergarten class. She enjoyed her morning in the spotlight. We prepared for this week a month in advance. I got to sit back and watch her in her element at the front of the class, answering questions. Munch got to create a poster that told her classmates all about herself. She got to bring a parent to class to talk about their job or something else. Since my job “is so boring” per Munch, we decided that I would talk about my background in theatre.
I spent 90 minutes with Munch and her class telling them stories about how I first got involved in theatre and singing. Munch and I sang “My Favorite Things”, and then the entire class sang “Do Re Mi” with us (about seven verses). I am in awe of how much those simple gifts light up the kids. The attention and the surprise in their faces and eyes when I began to sing sustained my heart and soul for days.
When Munch and I talked again this weekend, I mentioned her gift of art. She told me that my gift was to make music with my beautiful singing voice. I am in awe of my sweet Munch and her capacity for kindness and empathy. I hope that she remembers our relationship always like she drew us in this picture – full of unconditional love.