Thank you so much for coming and joining our family for a week! You are a joy to be around and your love of music is infectious. Know that while you only stayed with us for a week, you are family now. If you find your road leads back to N. Mich, you have a guest room, a warm meal and a parlor full of music waiting for you, Young Americans or not. If you ever need us, we are here.
Aside from that, here are a few things I wanted to tell you in a way that you could take it with you. First, Know sincerely in your heart that what you do, right now, with these kids matters so much in their lives. You are giving a gift of self-confidence that a parent can never bestow. No matter how much I tell my kids they can do it, that they are going to get thru and it will be OK, they don’t internalize it.
In one week, heck, sometimes one day, you and your troup come in, and live that confidence in front of these kids in a way that makes it real, makes it cool and makes it personal to them in a way I never can. For that, to you, and to all your castmembers, thank you! Deeply, sincerely thank you for the gift you give these kids.
Second, I know this is none of my business and I hope you take it from the aspect of kindness it was intended and not some strange old man being nosy, but here it is anyways, nosy or not. Find strength when you need it in the people around you. I learned a long time ago that most of the time, good people surround themselves with other good people. Lean on them. I think about what you lost last week and to a small degree I understand. I had a loss last year and with support of the great people around me, and a grief counsellor, I came to terms with it and am able to be whole again. I watch you with the kids, and talking to us, and you have a warm heart and an easy smile, and levels of patience and compassion that I can only guess at, and that usually means a soft and emotional side too. Loss is hard. The people around you have that soft compassion too, borrow it if you need to. Count on friends and other family to be strength and you will be fine, eventually.
I wish I could channel some of that deep kindness that you give so freely to strangers back to you right now and in the weeks to come.
You have truly blessed us and our home. You are loved.