August 16, 2019
Ingredients: One cup VISION, one cup PLANNING, stir enthusiastically with a GENEROUS PORTION OF SUPPORT from COLLEAGUES, CLIENTS, AND COMMUNITY!
I’ve had this idea in my head for a while now, and last Saturday was a dream come true. Celebrating FIFTEEN YEARS as a Kindermusik Educator in Statesville with a family-friendly party and guests from under 7 months old to older than 97 years old was a BLAST!
I started teaching in 2004. Today, many of my dearest friends are those I met when they enrolled their children in Kindermusik. Many of my former students have continued their interest in music and movement with great success. Some are in college, engaged or married. Social media helps us stay in touch, but being together in person with my Kindermusik with Gina FAMILY on this occasion was pretty awesome.
Festive balloons, a few picnic blankets, a great playground, lovely face painting, some bubbles, cornhole, cool snow cones – and of course, some MUSIC – it all came together, thanks to members of the Kindermusik with Gina Family who were so generous to provide items AND ATTEND.
I was especially touched to see the excitement when guests recognized classmates from the past, hugging, catching up, kids playing cornhole or swinging on the playground like they had just done so together the day before. Strollers, carriers, and “baby bumps” were in attendance, making for joyful conversation about new arrivals and growing families. Lots of dads and grandparents attended as well, extended the bonds beyond the “mommy and me” format that is typical in a Kindermusik class.
My own family was there in full assistance and happy support (as they have been for 15 years) as well as my family from First Presbyterian Church and FPC Preschool, Kidz Zone Interactive Playhouse, Kindermusik International, and ElderCenter, Inc..
Creating an event to kick off the school year, celebrate a milestone, and bring friends together was an endeavor, but also a great honor.
I think it should be an annual event! Cheers to FIFTEEN MORE!
photo credits: Cameron Terry