Tia's in 5th grade. In Utah county, that means she's automatically in the Hope of America show in the Marriot center at BYU. Tia wasn't excited about it. I wasn't excited about it. Jeff said "why are you going then?" sometimes husbands don't get it. I tried that Karl G. Maser quote on him "but ask me to keep my word and draw a chalk circle around me..." (how does that go? I just remember there was always a chalk circle drawn around the Maser statue when I walked by it drawn by some clever freshman) but the whole commitment thing has never been a huge issue for Jeff. he doesn't commit to things unless he's sure he wants to do them. Me? (and now Tia too apparently) I commit to everything and then bellyache about them the whole time. Anyway, Tia felt they were counting on her, so we went. First I took Ari to speech therapy right near there, and then we went. What this means, is that from 4:30 until 9:00 we were at BYU sitting around. Kai was bouncing off the walls by the end of it, and even assaulted some guy in the row in front of us at one point (just started hitting his head and rubbing his hair --I just looked horrified and kept saying I'm sorry to the guy -- and put Kai in the "Mom straitjacket" for the next 10 minutes).
It was kind of cool looking I admit though --just like the "living flag" in Lake Wobegon, but with t-shirts instead of hats. Billions of kids. It seemed like. But the waiting for an hour and a half (no kidding!) to start, and then far too long a program, was not cool.
But yeah, when they all put their hands up at the same time, and did stuff in unison, it was amazing. I should say at this point, that Tia freaked out halfway through with the big crowd, and I had to come find her in the flag and leave 3 songs early. I wasn't sorry to miss the traffic snarl coming out of there.
I loved the big kid chorus, but this was my favorite part of the show: Jean's Golden Girls. About seventy of these ladies, all over 50, and they were so sharp! Really well trained. They looked fantastic! One of them was 92 years "young" and did a dance solo at the end. The whole stadium was packed with parents of the kids, and everyone was on their feet stamping and whistling for this lady. Loved it. (but not looking forward to Ari and Kai's turns.)