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One Moment, Please... Taking a break for some sunshine

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
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During the song Eye of the Tiger, Carson Kiehne and Caleb Kunz gave the crowd a show while Jeremy O’Connor acted as referee to the boxing skit. Haley Joerge announced the beginning of each round with a sign. Photo by Jason Sethre

By Jason Sethre


Fillmore County Journal &

Olmsted County Journal

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Probably one of the greatest things about raising our two children is that their busy lives force my wife and I to take a break from our busy lives. Once you have children, you begin to realize that your life completely revolves around them. Yes, children have some sort of centripetal force, defying all theories of inertia, gravity, and relativity. I’m sure even Albert Einstein would have agreed. Parents, grandparents and great-grandparents are sucked into their world like a tractor beam.

And, this is a good thing. A very good thing.

On Friday, April 26, Fillmore Central Schools, under the positive and inspiring leadership of Music Teacher Jessica Powell, coordinated their annual Spring Concert in which the students from Kindergarten through sixth grade assembled to sing and entertain a packed gymnasium at the Preston Elementary School.

I watched as families gathered, both young and old, from near and far, to watch these children take to the stage.

For many rows deep in the crowd of onlookers, you could see cameras and video cameras capturing scrapbook moments to last a lifetime. Like the paparazzi, but much less aggressive, parents focused all of their attention on the most important people in the room -- the children.

I sat up in the cheap seats, which meant I had an opportunity to observe the smiles, the laughter, the applause, the conversation, the head-bobbing, the pointing -- all focused on the children.

It’s profound, in a positive way, how our children can make our world stop for a moment in time.

And, as I looked around at all of those parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, cousins, siblings, friends and neighbors, taking time to come to the school and recognize these children for all that they have prepared for with this concert, it makes me think that we have something special here.

Everyone attending that event had their priorities in the right place.

It’s kind of like that analogy that if a tree falls in the forest and there is nobody there to hear it, did it make a sound? Without an audience, and such a plentiful audience at that (standing room only), these children would feel less than appreciated.

Instead, they carried the large crowd to a momentous standing ovation as they concluded the Fillmore Central Spring Concert with We Are the World.

With the monotony of this messed up Minnesota snow globe, which may some day be referred to as the hybrid of Winter and Spring (Sprinter), it was nice to have a little sunshine coming from our children with this Spring Concert.

Even beyond the event itself, the next morning our children were singing their songs from the concert during breakfast at our home before they got on the bus to go to school. Pretty awesome stuff!

Thanks again to the Fillmore Central Schools for offering these opportunities. It truly becomes a community event, bringing people together.

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