Back in January, I wrote a post about receiving a hand written thank you note in the mail complimenting Angel and I for singing at church. The encouraging note really meant a lot to me and I decided to pay it forward. I would write a hand written encouraging note to someone that I thought was deserving. I found that person.
I decided to do something a little different today. I am posting a video of my daughter singing I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady at the senior mother-daughter banquet. The person that I wrote the note to was Angel’s high school choir teacher. This teacher went above and beyond. She took the students on several trips, even international trips, where Angel had the opportunity to sing in several countries. This teacher puts in long hours before and after school practicing with students. Then more hours to prepare for solo and ensemble, concerts, workshops, Christmas caroling, shows, musicals, and probably countless other things that I don’t even know about.
This teacher demands perfection and she gets it. She holds her students accountable for how they treat others. She makes sure that her students are at practice when they are supposed to be and has impeccable organizational skills. She has devoted her life to teaching and making this world a better place. She has the ability to take students where they are at vocally and bring them to their fullest potential.
My daughter has decided to go on to college for a career in vocal performance. A lot of her decision was influenced by having a remarkable teacher. I am thankful for everything that she has done. So I decided to tell her that.
Many years ago when I was in high school, I would’ve given anything to have had a choir teacher like her. If I did, I know that it would have changed my career path. I would have walked down a different road. Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like if I did. That dream is fading away from me, getting harder and harder to reach with every passing year. Even though I am a bit envious, I am happy that my daughter will have a chance to walk down the path that I never tread.