This is Annalyn on the first day of school this year. We're especially proud since last year started with gallons of tears and wailing. (We were also proud to hear the granddaughter had the opportunity to meet the principal on the very first day of school.)
Anyway, isn't that a great face! I love hearing her laugh and giggle and make all those sounds that emanate joy, peace with herself, and safety in her surroundings. Don't you love it when kids laugh? You know, that deep down, holding the stomach, doubling over, here comes the milk shooting out of my nose kind of laugh. It's the best!
James and Mary were both in high school show choir. James loved show choir so much he also participated in college, then went on to accompany and direct a show choir band. (Let me see if I can locate the Grand Ole Opry competition pix.) One of the tricks James learned in show choir was to put vaseline ON HIS TEETH. What? He said it keeps your lips from sticking to your teeth with all that singing and dancing. Huh.
I don't know if I have lamented in this venue about James not seeming to resemble me, at least no one seemed to notice until he was in college. On one occasion I was not quite as pleased by the noticeable resemblance. James, Rach, Tom and I had gone to visit Mary and Mark at their new church plant. After the service, we were standing around trying to be amiable and sociable to the folks coming up to meet us. During a lull, I asked James if he'd put on the vaseline for his show choir smile. A minute later, someone came up to greet us and said it was so easy to tell we were family members because James had a smile just like mine! At least one of us was a little chagrined before all of us began laughing heartedly.
What's the best sound in the world to you? Can you picture the time and the place? Have you heard it lately?
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter
And our tongue with joyful shouting;
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”