Sunday, December 16, 2012

Seven

Several months ago, Jack asked his piano teacher to teach him a special song.

Pachelbel's Canon in D.

It is my favorite.

Despite the song being ahead of where Jack is musically, he worked hard at it for the last few months to have it ready for his winter recital this weekend:


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Jack is seven years old.  He is the same age as those beautiful children lost in Connecticut this week.  He is funny and serious.  He is half baby and half boy.  He loves sports and drawing.  He hoards stuffed animals as though he was Noah preparing for the great flood.

I could not imagine my life without him.

When I think of what has been lost, what we all lost, it is too much.  I instead turn off the television, put away the Kleenex, and listen to Jack play Canon in D

And then I am reminded all over again.

22 comments:

  1. That was beautiful! So very well done Jack!

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  2. What a precious clip! And Jack did a great job - only 7? So impressive. I love Canon in D, as well. So lovely. And yes, how sad that so many youngsters in CT will never learn this beautiful music.

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  3. I think Jack is a talented young boy whom should be playing huge halls some day and not worry about anything other than practicing. This tragedy effects kids on all sides of the world....can they be safe at school?? Praying for them all. I had to quit watching as well. Hang in there this week and share some more of that music!!!

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  4. oh I got your book order very happy it is my stocking stuffer for me LOL

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  5. Jack, you did such a great job. I am so glad your mom can share this with us.

    Hugs,
    Carol
    A former second grade teacher

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  6. Tis song always has me reaching for tissues to begin with for some unknown reason...this time it will be justified...

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  7. Beautiful...your words and the music and that darling little boy.

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  8. He did a lovely, lovely job.

    I cannot imagine the loss that any parent ever feels when they lose a child. Ever. The most horrible aspect is that this happens EVERY DAY. Every day in the world, children die by gunshot and disease and accidents...

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  9. Jack did a great job. Canon in D was the song I walked down the aisle to at our wedding and always makes me cry as well...

    And I too was looking at Xander (who is 5 1/2 and in K5) all weekend, playing, theorizing on how he will be a first responder when he is older, helping his brother, and wondering what I would ever do without him... Needless to say the kid got a lot of ice cream this weekend and many, many hugs from mom!

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  10. It gets no worse than what happened. All we can do is love on the Jack's in our lives, be grateful for them, and show kindness and grace to others. It's the only way to win the war on hate and evil. I can't click on the video...I know there will be tears and I've cried enough of those this weekend. A beautiful post.

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  11. I'm impressed! The talent is amazing! But the shiny perfect hair is what I find myself most awestruck with. Bravo!

    XOXO

    Megan

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  12. Holy Cow! Can I be Jack's talent Scout? I have connections. The Connecticut tragedy exceeded my experience of transporting five small children on one single stretcher who died of smoke inhalation during an Englewood Police District 7,bitter cold nite in January 1960s. In this case these beautiful children were victims of carelessness but not evil. I still remember that event to this day. God bless and help all those Connecticut families. I cannot believe I am now tearing up as I finish typing this.
    SF

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  13. So glad for "happy tears". It was beautiful.

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  14. I'm a bit of a news junkie, but I've had to turn it off, too. All those photos splashed on the screen, thinking it could have been my Noah. It's too much. I guess we have to focus on what we have and cherish it all the more.

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  15. He is adorable and that was beautiful!

    I'm praying for peace more than ever this holiday season.

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  16. Oh my gosh, he did GREAT with it! It is a favorite of mine too!!

    It can be so overwhelming and I can't imagine how a parent can ever recover from losing a child, especially in these circumstances. I think the best we can do is pray for them and trust in God and know he knows what is best, even if it might not make sense at the time.....

    betty

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  17. He is adorable and he did such a good job!

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  18. That is so beautiful and sweet! One of my favorite pieces of music made even more beautiful by the earnest, hard work of a boy who loves his Mama. Thank you for sharing this!

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  19. Can we arrange a marriage between our kids? This is lovely. Lots of hugging going on at our house. It's hard to focus on much else.

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  20. He did such a great job! We have a piano in the house and our hope is one day our kids will want to take lessons. I also loved your description of him, especially the stuffed animals/Noah. Henry is a stuffed animal hoarder here.

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  21. Beautiful job Jack!

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