Saturday, May 06, 2017

Fond Memories of Days Past

Some of you who are reading this may not know that I am a retired school teacher. I taught music in El Paso and Clyde Texas while also serving as Minister of Music in local churches. What wonderful memories I have of those days. Those memories are brought to mind at this time of year as we receive announcements of graduation, wedding invitations, birth announcements, and other notices of milestones in the lives of former students.

A couple of week's ago I attended a voice recital at Hardin-Simmons University and was thrilled to see three of my former students.  All three were majoring in music. A couple of days later I attended a concert presented by our local Civic Orchestra at the invitation of the principal trombonist who is also a former student of mine graduating from college with a major in Music this month.  Just a week later, I attended another voice recital at Hardin-Simmons to hear a former student present a solo recital.

Today, as I browsed my Facebook page, I was delighted to see a photo posted by another one of my students. The photo is of my students singing a song we used to sing in the first-grade music class at Clyde Elementary. A Thanksgiving song called "Five Fat Turkeys Are We."  It goes like this:

The children in the picture are now in college. A couple of them are studying to become teachers and one of them is in nursing school. I was blessed with some wonderful children when I was teaching, but the real joy comes in seeing what they have become as adults.

Thanks for the memories, kids!