Happy Halloween everyone!
I know, I know, Halloween is pretty much over for another year. In fact as I start to write this, there are only 42 minutes of it left. But I had an experience tonight that I would bet large amounts of money, no one else, anywhere, ever had. And I want to tell you all about it.
As with all of my stories, there is a bit of background that I must tell before I get to tonight's events. It all started on Halloween two years ago. As usually happens the largest segment trick or treaters starts out as soon as it gets dark, before dark are some of the very little kids who have no clue what is going on, sometimes even still being carried by mom or dad. They are completely adorable and I love the look of utter confusion on their faces and their various efforts to say some semblance of "trick or treat". So cute, but so funny.
Once dark hits though, the kids begin to get older. It's almost a chronological progression. The later the time, the older the kids. By about 7:30 or so we are getting the middle school and early high school kids, the 11 to 14 crowd. Things begin to thin out as the younger kids are taken home with their overflowing pumpkins and bags.
So two years ago, at somewhere around 7:30 or so, the doorbell rang and a small group of girls who looked to be around 12 or 13 shouted out "Trick or Treat" as I opened the door. They were a happy, giggling group of maybe 2 or 3 girls. I cannot recall exactly how the conversation went, I think I made a comment about one of their costumes which had something to do with fish (she might have been some sort of aquarium or some such thing.) Anyway, as frequently happens, it reminded me of a song, soI sang a couple of bars of "Three Little Fishies," a song my mom used to sing when I was a little girl. Evidently the girls hadn't ever heard it and one of them asked me if I knew the whole song. Well, of course, I did. So I sang it and the girls laughed and loved it. As I gave out the candy the girls were extremely polite; they thanked me for the candy AND for singing for them and they went on their way. They were a nice group and I enjoyed talking to them, but there were more kids coming up the walk and it was time to move on.
Well, the next Halloween (which would have been last year), around the same time, the doorbell rang and on the porch stood a slightly larger group (maybe 5 or 6). When I opened the door, one of them said, "Hi, do you remember that last year you sang for my friends and I?? Of course, I remembered. She then said, "We brought a couple of our friends with us tonight. Could you sing the Little Fishies song for them too? They've never heard it either." Well, that was a real surprise. I couldn't imagine that these girls would have remembered something like that for a whole year. So of course, I sang the song again for them, with all the verses I could remember. Well, they laughed and applauded, and complimented my singing and they told me that they were part of the choir at their school. We chatted a little, I gave them their candy, we waved goodbye and shaking my head with a little wonder, I turned to the next group.
Okay, fast forward to tonight. You can probably guess what happened. At about 7:30 again the doorbell, when I opened the door there was a group of at least 15 girls! They were probably 14 and 15 by now. The girl from the first year, smiled and said "Hi, Remember us??" You sang for us before. These are all the girls from our Vaudeville group from school. Would you sing for us again, please?" I couldn't believe it, but I said sure and asked if they wanted 3 Little Fishies again! Several said, no, just sing whatever you want to! So I sang "Strong Woman Number" from a show called I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road, written by Gretchen Cryer. (I chose that because I was pretty sure I knew all the words!!) They smiled and laughed through the whole things (it's a great song.) They loved it! When I finished they applauded enthusiastically, and smiled, and thanked me again! While giving them the candy, one of girls who had been standing near the back wiggled her way through group to the front and she looked at me and with a little hesitance asked, "Were you on Broadway?" I smiled at her and said, "Oh no, honey, I've never been on Broadway." She smiled sweetly and said, "Well, you should have been! You are really good."
Oh. My. Word. I was blown away. I'm no where near that good a singer, but to think this sweet girl thought I could have been just felt unbelievably good. And to think that this group of girls comes back each year just to ask me to sing them a song....what a unbelievable compliment. Even if they never come back, I will never, ever forget these lovely girls who are in the process of learning to love music just as much as I do. I wish them all a future filled with the music they love and I hope that one day some of them will be called on to entertain another group of girls who value music even more than Halloween Candy!!
I am touched down to my soul! Bless their dear sweet hearts!